Private Spaceflight Archive
12 March 2015, 02:01 PM ET
The Yutu rover found evidence of at least nine distinct rock layers deep beneath its wheels, indicating that the area has been surprisingly geologically active over the past 3.3 billion years.
12 March 2015, 12:50 PM ET
Lockheed hopes the system — which features a space tug known as Jupiter and a supply module called Exoliner — wins a NASA contract for the next round of cargo missions to the space station. But the company's ambitions extend beyond Earth orbit.
11 March 2015, 02:00 PM ET
World View lofted two payloads during a balloon flight Sunday (March 8) from southeastern Arizona. The mission was part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate's Flight Opportunities Program.
11 March 2015, 12:33 PM ET
The world's largest solid rocket motor roared to life in Utah, but rather than lifting off the ground, the booster, laying on its side, was restrained in place as data was collected to qualify it for NASA's Space Launch System.
10 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
Lawmakers in New Mexico are considering a bill to sell Spaceport America, a commercial space launch site that will be the home port for Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spaceliner flights.
10 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
When the world's largest solid rocket motor is ignited in Utah, it won't leave the ground, but it will fire with components that have a long spaceflight history.
09 March 2015, 04:05 PM ET
SpaceShipTwo should start flying paying customers into space sometime in 2015, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson has said.
08 March 2015, 12:48 PM ET
A powerful camera spotted a comet and scientists captured images of a supernova four different times. Here are's pics for the top space stories of the week.
07 March 2015, 02:34 PM ET
From an amazing photo of Comet Lovejoy captured by a dark energy camera to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 7, 2015.
06 March 2015, 08:13 AM ET
Entrepreneur Richard Branson aims to take paying passengers into space in the next few years.
05 March 2015, 05:30 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in February 2015.
02 March 2015, 02:20 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched a pair of communications satellites to space yesterday (March 1), and you can see amazing videos and photos of the liftoff.
02 March 2015, 11:28 AM ET
The ABS 3A and EUTELSAT 115 West B satellites were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Mar. 1st, 2015.
01 March 2015, 02:46 PM ET
The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.
01 March 2015, 12:41 PM ET
Astronomers discovered the most gigantic black hole yet known and Leonard Nimoy — Mr. Spock from the beloved "Star Trek" series — passed away at the age of 83. Here are's pics for the top space stories of the week.
28 February 2015, 03:32 PM ET
From a record-setting parafoil flight to a newly-tested space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 1, 2015.
27 February 2015, 09:39 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Fincke and ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano talk about the inspiration that Star Trek's Mr. Spock delivered to humanity's on-going mission to explore.
27 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Inside New Horizons is a small piece of SpaceShipOne, the first privately owned and operated spacecraft to reach space twice within a period of 14 days. The feat, which SpaceShipOne accomplished in 2004, won the $10 million Ansari X Prize.
26 February 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
25 February 2015, 03:40 PM ET
An American astronaut found water inside his spacesuit helmet at the end of an otherwise flawless spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 25), but he was never in any danger, NASA officials say.
24 February 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A recent action by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is stirring up some moon dust in a legal debate about private companies setting up shop on the moon.
23 February 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Boeing and the United Launch Alliance are building a new astronaut access tower for Atlas rocket launches of future space taxis for NASA. See how it works.
23 February 2015, 01:26 PM ET
Ceres, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, has almost no gravity, warmth or atmosphere.
23 February 2015, 01:16 PM ET
This is definitely a new kind of space race. Two teams competing in a private moon competition have teamed up to get to the lunar surface by the end of next year, potentially sowing the seeds for a lunar NASCAR race.
21 February 2015, 04:46 PM ET
Europe's last cargo spacecraft came down to Earth in a fiery blaze and scientists reported seeing mysterious plumes emanating from Mars. Here are's picks for the best space stories of the week.
21 February 2015, 12:42 PM ET
From mysterious plumes on Mars to a space station made of matchsticks, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Feb. 22, 2015.
21 February 2015, 11:29 AM ET
A company that aims to send tourists to the edge of space in a balloon broke a record today, flying a parafoil higher than anyone has before.
21 February 2015, 10:32 AM ET
Two NASA astronauts successfully completed a 6 hour spacewalk that helped prepare the International Space Station for the arrival of private space taxis. The astronauts are scheduled to compete two additional spacewalks in the next 8 days.
21 February 2015, 12:30 AM ET
Two NASA astronauts will perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station today (Feb. 21). People on Earth can watch the spacewalk live online.
20 February 2015, 11:55 AM ET
NASA this week begins work to reassemble parts of the International Space Station to create parking spots for two commercial space taxis.
19 February 2015, 10:39 PM ET
SpaceX is a private spaceflight company that regularly delivers payloads to the International Space Station via its Dragon spacecraft.
16 February 2015, 02:28 PM ET
Mars One, which aims to land four pioneers on the Red Planet in 2025 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, has whittled its pool of astronaut candidates down to 100, organization representatives announced Monday.