23 August 2013, 06:30 AM ET
The aerospace industry has long sought to build a fully reusable rocket launch system to bring down the cost of ferrying people and payloads into orbit. What does it take to create one?
23 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The DC-X (Delta Clipper Experimental) was a prototype for a reusable space launch vehicle tested in the 1990s. See how fully reusable launch vehicles are envisioned to work in this SPACE.com infographic.
22 August 2013, 04:20 PM ET
This animation shows how a crew of astronauts could rendezvous with a small asteroid captured by a robotic spacecraft beyond the moon's orbit in order to examine and take specimens of the asteroid.
22 August 2013, 10:19 AM ET
Astronaut Luca Parmitano's second spacewalk on the International Space Station ended early when his spacesuit's helmet began filling with water. In this video Luca explains what it felt like to have water surround his head in zero-g.
21 August 2013, 04:18 PM ET
Launched in 2008, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has given scientists the ability to explore high-energy processes associated with a number of cosmic phenomena: black holes, solar flares, rapidly spinning neutron stars, & super nova remnants.
21 August 2013, 02:32 PM ET
The 'sound' created from a stars brightness can be used to determine it's size. A paper published in Nature shows how variations in these sounds are caused by the different ways in which hot gas wells up to the surface and cool gasses sink back down.
21 August 2013, 05:46 AM ET
Warp drive technology, a form of 'faster than light' travel popularized by TV's 'Star Trek,' could be bolstered by the physics of quantum thrusters — another science fiction idea made plausible by modern science.
19 August 2013, 05:33 PM ET
The DC-X was a towering rocket that looked like a giant traffic cone, but it held great promise for commercial space advocates. See how its historic test flights, and major crash, played out to make it a spaceflight icon.
19 August 2013, 05:17 PM ET
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy radioed Mission Control to report an ‘unidentified object’ floating outside the International Space Station on Aug. 19, 2013. Was it a UFO? No, NASA says, just an antenna cover from the station’s Russian segment.
19 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, which NASA is co-developing with several partners, could give superhuman strength to people on long-duration space missions to an asteroid or Mars, or act as a "resistive device" for exercising, agency officials say.
18 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
17 August 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The private spaceflight firm SpaceX has notched a key milestone in its quest to launch humans to orbit, just three days after company founder and CEO Elon Musk unveiled his futuristic "Hyperloop" transportation concept to the world.
16 August 2013, 12:12 PM ET
Working with the U.S. Navy, NASA successfully tested the recovery system for the Orion crew module. Divers in small boats attached tow lines to the capsule and led it to a flooded well deck, which was subsequently drained.
16 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Nearly 20 years ago to the date, a pioneering reusable spacecraft called the Delta Clipper Experimental, or DC-X, made its first flight. This weekend, veterans of that program are gathering in New Mexico to celebrate the anniversary of that amazing feat.
15 August 2013, 05:14 PM ET
The Mars Science Laboratory used its Mast Camera to photograph the larger moon Phobos occult the smaller Deimos. 41 images taken on Aug. 1st, 2013 are compiled and time-lapsed (real-time was 55 seconds).
15 August 2013, 11:40 AM ET
3D printing is poised to change the nature of space fabrication forever. See photos of 3D printing projects for space missions and rocket parts.
15 August 2013, 11:04 AM ET
See photos from NASA's DC-X rocket project in the 1990s, which built and launched a prototype for vertical launch and landing.
14 August 2013, 04:25 PM ET
SpaceX's reusable rocket prototype, dubbed Grasshopper, is designed for vertical takeoffs and landings, but in the commercial spacecraft's latest test flight, Grasshopper proved it could hop sideways, too.
14 August 2013, 01:48 PM ET
The Falcon 9 test rig (codenamed Grasshopper) successfully completed a 'divert' test, with the ship making a 100m lateral maneuver while reaching an altitude of 250m. This test demonstrated the ships ability to make more aggressive maneuvers.
14 August 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Experts and space scientists from around the world will descend on Dallas, Tex. tomorrow (Aug. 15) for a summit focused on understanding humanity's ability to travel to distant stars.
14 August 2013, 10:30 AM ET
Facebook, Twitter and now Pinterest. Ever since NASA astronaut Mike Massimino posted the first message on Twitter from space in 2009, social media use onboard the International Space Station has become ubiquitous.
14 August 2013, 10:26 AM ET
The super-fast "Hyperloop" travel concept is just the latest in a series of big, bold dreams by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Here's a quick look at six ways the South African-born billionaire has changed the world — or is hoping to in the future.
14 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The moon may be more of a stumbling block than a stepping stone on humanity's path to Mars. The perceived need to develop lunar infrastructure and resources first could push a manned Red Planet mission far off into the future, NASA's Harley Thronson says.
13 August 2013, 05:12 PM ET
Science fiction coming true with 3D printing in space.
13 August 2013, 12:40 PM ET
The U.S. Air Force's decision to shut down a key component of its Space Surveillance Network will weaken the service's ability to accurately detect and characterize objects in Earth orbit, experts say.
13 August 2013, 10:18 AM ET
Small spare parts on the International Space Station have always been a mission-critical issue for cargo managers. 3D printing parts could lower cost and save time.
13 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's vision for a futuristic Hyperloop transportation system concept involves sleek passenger capsules flying within a tube on a cushion of air. See how the ultra-fast system could get from N.Y. to S.F. in 30 min.
13 August 2013, 08:37 AM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur unveiled new details today about his "Hyperloop" project, a superfast transportation system that could ferry passengers between Los Angeles and San Francisco in 30 minutes. Can it really be built?
12 August 2013, 06:40 PM ET
The Hyperloop, Musk revealed today (Aug. 12), is a solar-powered transportation system that could rocket passenger-packed pods through long tubes at 760 mph or so (1,220 km/h). The technology could cut the LA-San Francisco travel time to 30 minutes.
12 August 2013, 04:56 PM ET
See images and concept art for billionaire innovator Elon Musk and his "Hyperloop," an ultrafast transportation system for the 21st century. Here's how it works.
12 August 2013, 03:37 PM ET
If humanity hopes to establish a lasting presence on Mars, it will have to learn to live off the land. Ambitious exploration efforts have always aimed for self-sufficiency, but the need is especially acute when "the new world" is another planet.
12 August 2013, 02:40 PM ET
Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he has an idea for a new, high speed form of transportation called Hyperloop.