Human Spaceflight Archive
30 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
It's a record! As of June 29, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has spent a total of 804 days in space — more than any other human in history.
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Artifacts recovered from the wreckages of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles are for the first time now on public display, as part of a powerful new exhibit that honors the two spacecraft and their fallen astronaut crewmembers.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during a cargo launch Sunday shouldn't have a big impact on the company's ability to fly astronauts to orbit and back a few years from now, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 04:03 PM ET
The three crewmembers currently aboard the International Space Station are in no danger of running out of crucial supplies despite today's failure of a SpaceX cargo mission to the orbiting lab, NASA officials said.
28 June 2015, 11:38 AM ET
An exoplanet apparently possesses a huge cometlike tail, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped amazing images of Pluto and a solar storm supercharged northern lights displays. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 June 2015, 10:55 AM ET
From the best-ever looks at Pluto and its largest moon Charon to gorgeous views of a supercharged northern lights display, don't miss these amazing space images.
28 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An unmanned SpaceX cargo mission crashed back to Earth today (June 28), marking the third failure of a resupply flight to the International Space Station in the past eight months. SpaceX and NASA officials still aren't sure exactly what happened.
28 June 2015, 10:36 AM ET
The latest Dragon spacecraft cargo run to the International Space Station blasted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on June 28th, 2015 and exploded during flight.
28 June 2015, 03:15 AM ET
On June 28, 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched its seventh unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission failed shortly after liftoff.
26 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part docu-drama about the spouses of America's first spacemen, entered orbit with its second episode Thursday (June 25). But how closely did "Protocol" follow the real space history?
26 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The daring maneuver will take place during the launch of SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station. Liftoff is scheduled for 10:21 a.m. EDT Sunday (June 28), and you can watch live here at Space.com.
26 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Researchers are probing how the bizarre stresses of space affect astronauts embarked on a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station, with an eye toward reducing the negative of long-duration spaceflight in the future.
25 June 2015, 06:55 PM ET
The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars. But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done.
25 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The space agency will hold a workshop in Houston this October to kick off serious discussions about possible landing sites for NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet, which the agency aims to launch by the mid- to late 2030s.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 100 artifacts from the estate of one of the first "significant space collectors" are being auctioned in Boston. The auction, hosted by RR Auction, features many of the stand-out pieces curated by Leon Ford, who died in August 2014.
24 June 2015, 01:05 PM ET
ESA's Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle flew an autonomous sub-orbital mission on 11 February 2015. Simple as a capsule, but with aerodynamics of a winged craft, the IXV could bring back astronauts or do other important missions.
23 June 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu will wait for a later flight.
22 June 2015, 06:15 PM ET
A video released last week by the private spaceflight company Blue Origin featuring a former NASA astronaut offers a tantalizing look at the private space trips the company plans to offer.
22 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
22 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Steely-nerved test pilots were the first men in space, but that isn't what you always want on a longer trip. During the recent World Science Festival last month, astronauts and doctors talked about how astronaut culture has changed over the years.
21 June 2015, 11:44 AM ET
From a breathtaking view of Saturn's Dione to the 'Spit of Satan,' check out these amazing space images.
21 June 2015, 11:33 AM ET
Crashed comet lander Philae phones home. A dead satellite falls to Earth. Mars shows both methane-laced meteorites and a possibly icy past, and the moon's dust gets a source in the best of this week's space news.
19 June 2015, 03:56 PM ET
'The Astronaut Wives Club,' ABC's new 10-episode drama about the women behind the United States' first spacemen, has lifted off. The premiere, aptly titled "Launch," spanned two years of NASA events in one hour. How close though, was it to real space hist
19 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Mint may strike gold curved coins to commemorate the golden anniversary of the first manned moon landing, if a new bill is approved. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act calls for gold and silver coins to be struck in 2019.
18 June 2015, 12:41 PM ET
UrtheCast, the Canadian company that runs commercial cameras on the space station, released June 17 the first HD video taken by one of its cameras there.
17 June 2015, 09:46 AM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club" is launching on ABC, giving viewers a look at the other 'right stuff' — the women behind the United States' first spacemen. One of the series' spouses, Erin Cummings, talks about reconvening the astronaut wives club for the smal
16 June 2015, 11:01 AM ET
A new kind of spaceship antenna may help future astronauts stay in contact with ground control despite the fiery sheaths of superhot plasma around their spacecraft during re-entry, researchers say.
16 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Growing dialogue and debate regarding Chinese and American space cooperation appear to look at how best to create an "open airlock" policy for Chinese astronauts to make trips to the International Space Station.
15 June 2015, 11:14 AM ET
An RS-25 – same design as those on Space Shuttle – was hot-fired for 500 seconds on June 11th, 2015. Four such engines will power the core booster of NASA's forthcoming Space Launch System.
12 June 2015, 11:59 AM ET
"Lift-off! We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11..." It was with those words that Jack King, NASA's "Voice of Apollo," gave start to the first mission to land men on the moon. King died Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was 84.
12 June 2015, 11:05 AM ET
J.L. Pickering usually doesn't take kindly to books that claim "never before seen" NASA photos. One half of the team behind the new title "Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini," he's almost assuredly already seen them.
12 June 2015, 10:53 AM ET
Before a Soyuz space capsule returned NASA astronaut Terry Virts to Earth Thursday (June 11), he took time out in space to photograph the Earth below, capturing spectacular vistas of the Pyramids of Egypt, our home planet at night and what looked to be a
11 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
The website PornHub aims to raise $3.4 million via the crowdfunding site Indiegogo for a film that would feature Eva Lovia and Johnny Sins doing what comes naturally in suborbital space.
11 June 2015, 11:06 AM ET
ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti gives a tour of her "bedroom" aboard the International Space Station.
11 June 2015, 10:01 AM ET
Three space station crew members have returned home to the Earth after spending nearly 200 days off the planet. American Terry Virts, Russian Anton Shkaplerov and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are back on Earth.