Private Spaceflight Archive
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
15 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
If you've been a fan of NASA's website for more than a decade, you can thank an unlikely space geek: actor Tom Cruise.
15 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," by tech journalist Ashlee Vance, will be released on May 19. But you can get a sneak peak at the book now, via a lengthy excerpt published Thursday (May 14) on Bloomberg.com.
14 May 2015, 01:54 PM ET
A dense cloud of gas that astronomers are calling a 'cosmic dinosaur egg' appears to be on the cusp of birthing millions of stars. This may be the youngest example of an object called a globular cluster.
14 May 2015, 12:47 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2015.
13 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Brightman was scheduled to launch Sept. 1 on a self-funded 10-day mission to the orbiting lab aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But Brightman announced today (May 13) that she won't be making the trip to orbit.
12 May 2015, 10:49 AM ET
The Andromeda galaxy — the closest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way — is about six times larger and 1,000 times more massive than previously thought, new observations show.
11 May 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and astronaut-selection chief Norbert Kraft dispute allegations by a former astronaut candidate that the colonization effort judges its applicants unfairly and is unable to finance itself.
11 May 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For years, tiny payloads have been launched into Earth orbit on satellites smaller than a loaf of bread.
06 May 2015, 06:40 AM ET
Planetary Resources' Arkyd-3R probe currently sits aboard the International Space Station and is scheduled to be deployed into orbit sometime in July, representatives of the Washington-based asteroid-mining company have said.
05 May 2015, 02:48 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon astronaut taxi will blast off with a dummy on board Wednesday (May 6) in a crucial safety test, and you can watch all of the action live here at Space.com.
05 May 2015, 01:57 PM ET
Before astronaut Alan Shepard lifted off to become the first U.S. astronaut in space 54 years ago, three pad abort tests ensured his Mercury capsule could pull away from his Redstone rocket in an emergency. See how SpaceX is building on that history.
05 May 2015, 12:00 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo broke apart in midair during a test flight on Oct. 31, 2014, killing copilot Michael Alsbury. Virgin Galactic representatives vowed to press on despite the tragic accident, and another SpaceShipTwo is indeed taking shape.
05 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new image was snapped from the deck of the drone ship on April 14, a second or so before the rocket stage toppled over and exploded in a dramatic demise that SpaceX captured on video.
04 May 2015, 03:29 PM ET
Sparks flew on Capitol Hill where a NASA authorization bill that recommends deep cuts for Earth science made it out of a sharply divided committee on a party line vote.
04 May 2015, 03:24 PM ET
Dragon is scheduled to lift off at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to see how the capsule performs in the event of a problem during launch. You can watch the unmanned test live here on Space.com.
02 May 2015, 02:21 PM ET
From a spacecraft spinning out of control to predicting a cosmic demise, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 3, 2015.
01 May 2015, 03:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a pad abort test on May 6, 2015 to test the launch escape system on its manned Dragon spaceship. See the mission in photos here.
30 April 2015, 10:33 AM ET
The private space company's new vehicle reached an altitude of 307,000 feet and safely parachuted back to Earth on April 29th, 2015. This ground tracking camera view follows the vehicle from launch to touchdown.
30 April 2015, 10:33 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday (April 29) , a flight that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster.
29 April 2015, 12:14 PM ET
For more than 50 years, spacecraft have relied on rockets and tricky maneuvers to get out of danger when missions don't go as planned.
28 April 2015, 03:13 PM ET
The astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station are not at risk of running out of essential supplies, NASA officials said Tuesday (April 28) when a robotic Russian cargo ship suffered a serious malfunction after reaching orbit.
28 April 2015, 01:21 PM ET
The Senate voted unanimously April 27 to confirm Dava Newman as NASA's deputy administrator, more than six months after she was nominated.
27 April 2015, 07:30 PM ET
The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 7:03 p.m. EDT (2303 GMT). The two-stage rocket carried aloft the TurkmenÄlem52E/MonacoSat communications satellite, which will be operated by the government of Turkmenistan.
27 April 2015, 04:14 PM ET
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the TurkmenAlem52E/MonacoSAT satellite into orbit for Turkmenistan and Thales Alenia Space on April 27, 2015. See the ramp up to the mission in photos in our photo gallery here.
27 April 2015, 02:28 PM ET
Call it a rocket builder’s Vulcan death grip. There appears to be a bit of a row between United Launch Alliance's just announced new Vulcan rocket and the Paul Allen Vulcan Aerospace enterprise, the big and bold Stratolaunch aircraft.
24 April 2015, 04:53 PM ET
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the leadup to the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
24 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to subject a Dragon test vehicle to a "pad abort" trial at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as May 5. The unmanned test will demonstrate how Dragon might respond in the event of a launch problem.
23 April 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's daring reusable rocket test last week came up just short because of an issue with a 'throttle valve,' company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.
21 April 2015, 07:03 AM ET
Planetary scientist Paul Spudis has long been calling for humanity to return to the moon. He tells Space.com why manned exploration of Earth's nearest neighbor is so important.
19 April 2015, 09:20 AM ET
SpaceX nearly pulled off an unprecedented rocket landing during a cargo launch to the International Space Station and NASA's New Horizons probe returned its first color image of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.