About 100 minutes after blasting off aboard a Vega rocket Wednesday, the European Intermediate Experimental Vehicle made a parachute descent back to Earth, completing a successful test flight.
The European Space Agency is preparing for launch next week of a small reusable spacecraft that is due to make its first test run beyond the atmosphere.
A robotic miniature space shuttle on a classified mission for the U.S. Air Force marked its 500th day in orbit on Friday, with no word about when and where the space plane will land. Continue reading →
Sierra Nevada's seven-person Dream Chaser completed a successful glide test this weekend -- but it wasn't all good news. Continue reading →
Europe is developing its first spaceship designed to return back through Earth’s atmosphere, a key technology for flying and returning not only experiments, but perhaps eventually people as well. Continue reading →
Depressurization and smoke alarms woke the shuttle and station crews for a second consecutive night on Friday. Flight controllers quickly determined they were false alarms, but the station's ventilation system automatically shut down, prompting NASA to cancel spacewalk preparations inside a low-pre...
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, is slated to command NASA's final planned shuttle flight, due to launch in April.
Dual countdowns are under way at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today. The 3-day countdown to a shuttle launch and a 60-day countdown to heavy job losses for United Space Alliance's employees.
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