Orbital SpacecraftSatellites, shuttles and space stations
A tip sheet for following this week's space shuttle mission.
January 2007 | By Tony Reichhardt
Did the first paying guests aboard the international space station get their $20 million worth?
November 2006 | By Craig Mellow
From Nanosats to Femtosats.
September 01, 2006 | By Joe Pappalardo
Meet the satellites bringing data to the discussion of global warming
September 2006 | By Ben Iannotta
Europe's SMART-1 is the first of several lunar crashes on the drawing board.
September 2006 | By Tony Reichhardt
The tensest moment in spaceflight: Docking with a 100-ton space station while orbiting Earth at five miles per second.
May 2006 | By Thomas D. Jones
Why the space shuttle can withstand reentry temperatures up to 2,300 degrees.
May 2006 | By Damond Benningfield
To watch a friend begin his expedition to the International Space Station, our correspondent travels to emptiest Kazakhstan.
July 2005 | By George C. Larson
How NASA recovered from the Columbia tragedy and tackled the job of getting the shuttle flying again.
May 2005 | By Linda Shiner
Iridium's constellation of 66 comsats was a technological triumph but a business disaster-until an executive and a computer geek found salvation in the Pentagon.
September 2004 | By Craig Mellow
Ghost alarms, foul odors, and a tourist season? Life aboard the International Space Station.
July 2004 | By Thomas D. Jones
If a capsule was good enough to get a crew to the moon, these old-timers say, it's good enough to get a crew back to Earth.
May 2004 | By James Oberg
The International Space Station is on hold while NASA answers calls for attention in the order in which they are received.
November 2003 | By Tony Reichhardt
It's the one area of space science in which you get to eat the experiment.
September 2003 | By Robert Zimmerman
The astronaut who commanded the first shuttle flight after Challenger explains his decision.
July 2003 | By Richard Hauck
Finding another Earth may be easier than the Kepler project's long quest for funding.
May 2003 | By Andrew Lawler
How the Soviet Buran space shuttle helped the United States win the cold war.
January 2003 | By Tom Harpole
If Boeing's X-37 can maneuver politically as well as in space.
January 2003 | By Ben Iannotta
Following in the footsteps of the man who invented space travel.
September 2002 | By Anatoly Zak
July 2002 | By Thomas D. Jones