Space Tourism -- Tomorrow s Trips Today Archive
16 June 2010, 10:25 AM ET
The private rocket company SpaceX, fresh off the success of its Falcon 9 rocket debut, has signed the largest single commercial launch contract with satellite company Iridium Communications, Inc. – a deal worth $492 million.
13 June 2010, 10:27 AM ET
A Japanese space capsule returned to Earth and plunged through the atmosphere over the Australian outback Sunday, capping a seven-year space journey that took it to a nearby asteroid in a historic attempt to collect pieces of a billion-year-old space rock
11 June 2010, 12:06 PM ET
The U.S. House Science and Technology Committee has given NASA one week to flesh out cost and schedule estimates for a slimmed-down version of the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.
09 June 2010, 03:57 PM ET
For the first time in 30 years, the Planetary Society has named a new chief, and it’s Bill Nye the Science Guy.
09 June 2010, 02:43 AM ET
The third private citizen to fly in space, Greg Olsen, says he's excited about the future of space travel — especially if it means he might have another chance to fly.
08 June 2010, 08:07 AM ET
Was Falcon 9's launch really proof of Obama's space policy? Does SPACEX have the cash to continue? Why are some US senators attacking the company? Miles O'Brien's deep conversation with Elon Musk, founder of SPACEX, This Week in Space.
07 June 2010, 05:59 PM ET
Some skywatchers have wondered whether SpaceX's recently launched private Falcon 9 rocket and mock-up Dragon capsule are widely visible from Earth. The answer, apparently, is no.
04 June 2010, 06:58 PM ET
The successful liftoff of a new private rocket helps vindicate President Barack Obama's plan to rely on commercial spaceships to carry cargo and possibly astronauts to orbit, the rocket's millionaire owner said.
04 June 2010, 03:39 PM ET's launch updates for the first SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch on June 4, 2010.
04 June 2010, 02:46 PM ET
The brand new commercial Falcon 9 rocket soared into orbit from Florida on its maiden flight Friday, the first test for a new era of private vehicles that could one day send cargo – and possibly astronauts – into space.
04 June 2010, 01:36 PM ET
The brand new commercial Falcon 9 rocket experienced an unexpected glitch just before liftoff during its first flight test Friday, stalling what was to be its maiden launch.
04 June 2010, 11:56 AM ET
As the era of private spaceflight takes a step forward with SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket test, here's a look at 6 companies that could launch humans into space soon.
04 June 2010, 06:23 AM ET
The stakes are high for SpaceX's new private Falcon 9 rocket for its first test launch today.
03 June 2010, 02:47 PM ET
A new private Falcon 9 rocket developed by an Internet millionaire is poised to make its launch debut from Florida on Friday.
02 June 2010, 02:24 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX has officially set Friday as the target date for the launch debut of its new Falcon 9 rocket.
01 June 2010, 01:44 PM ET
Masten Space teams with XCOR. Armadillo teams with Space Adventures. New type GPS satellite launched. The private space business is frothy with promise.
01 June 2010, 01:41 PM ET
Is national hero Neil Armstrong being manipulated? SPACEX founder Elon Musk thinks it's a possibility. Two fundamentally opposing views of the path ahead in space.
27 May 2010, 05:39 PM ET
A rocket engine manufacturer and a lander craft manufacturer have teamed up to develop robotic landers for Earth, the moon, asteroids and beyond.
26 May 2010, 06:00 PM ET
The inaugural test launch of a new commercial rocket has slipped from May 28 to no earlier than June 2, according to its builder Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).
24 May 2010, 03:38 PM ET
NASA's long-dormant Phoenix Mars Lander is officially downfor the count, with new images from orbit revealing severe damage to the spacecraft's solar panels.
20 May 2010, 12:37 PM ET
A brand-new rocket that could one day become the first commercial spaceship to carry people to orbit is set to make its first test flight very soon, a company official said.
18 May 2010, 08:47 AM ET
The moon will perform a cosmic dance with Mars, Saturn and the bright star Regulus this week. Here's how to see it.
16 May 2010, 05:45 PM ET
Space shuttle Atlantis and the Canary Islands stand out in a brand-new photo taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station.
12 May 2010, 04:10 PM ET
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, blasted NASA's new plans for future space exploration Wednesday, adding that President Barack Obama was poorly advised when he canceled the space agency's previous course for U.S. human spaceflight earlie
11 May 2010, 10:50 AM ET
A surprising hole in space has been discovered by the European Herschel infrared space telescope.
11 May 2010, 07:03 AM ET
As the age of commercial spaceflight gathers momentum, a new space race has emerged, and New York artist Laurance Rassin is staking his claim as a contender for a seat on a suborbital flight aboard Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
10 May 2010, 02:47 PM ET
Countdown to Atlantis' last flight; SPACEX gets ready; Orion crew escape test; How to sample Mars; Opportunity spies Endeavor crater; Guenter Wendt goes; Watery asteroid; Herschel's star-babies; Chandra spies double black holes; Zombie Sat; and more
09 May 2010, 09:54 AM ET
A slice of "Star Trek's" final frontier will warp into the visitor's center for NASA's Kennedy Space Center spaceport in Florida this June.
06 May 2010, 07:02 AM ET
NASA is testing a new launch abort system to help astronauts escape an exploding rocket. But exactly how will the system work?
03 May 2010, 12:28 PM ET
The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has thrown a wrench in NASA's plans to deliver a huge space shuttle fuel tank from Louisiana to Florida.
30 April 2010, 05:31 PM ET
A new deal will offer suborbital spaceflights for nearly half the going cost.
30 April 2010, 05:43 AM ET
Commercial companies are ready to take on more of the government's space needs, industry leaders said Wednesday here at the 26th National Space Symposium.
18 April 2010, 01:51 PM ET
The planned Monday morning landing of space shuttle Discovery offers a rare chance to see and hear the spacecraft's return over much of the United States.
14 April 2010, 02:45 PM ET
NASA is considering adding an extra spacewalk to shuttle Discovery's mission to fix a stuck valve threatening to shut down half of the International Space Station's(ISS) systems.
09 April 2010, 08:22 AM ET
Spacewalkers began the tricky task of replacing a large, old ammonia tank on the International Space Station Friday.
07 April 2010, 03:54 AM ET
Shuttle Discovery docked at the International Space Station Wednesday with a crew of seven, including the largest group of female astronauts ever to fly in space.