Human Spaceflight Archive
25 November 2015, 12:30 PM ET
NASA Johnson interns have created yet another hilarious parody music video, with this latest one highlighting Scott Kelly's epic one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 07:53 AM ET
Astronauts give thanks and preview their "traditional" space meal in a new Thanksgiving greeting from the International Space Station.
25 November 2015, 07:41 AM ET
Following the successful landing of a reusable-rocket booster, Jeff Bezos, CEO of the private commercial spaceflight company Blue Origin, told reporters, "We are on the verge of a golden age of space exploration."
24 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Blue Origin, the private space company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, successfully launched and landed a reusable suborbital rocket. See the video and images here.
24 November 2015, 10:24 AM ET
International Space Station commander Scott Kelly and flight engineer Kjell Lindgren sample the turkey and yams that are on the Thanksgiving Day menu.
24 November 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Blue Origin, founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, wants to launch people into space on its suborbital New Shepard spacecraft. Would you buy a ticket if you could?
24 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are testing beverage cups that let them literally wake up and smell the coffee.
23 November 2015, 04:47 PM ET
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
23 November 2015, 03:27 PM ET
A successful crewed Mars campaign must recognize, and take pains to ameliorate, the psychological and cultural challenges that Red Planet pioneers will face — for example, their lengthy isolation from friends and family.
23 November 2015, 09:48 AM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
20 November 2015, 02:49 PM ET
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched rockets, spaceships and electric cars, and after his stint on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory" last night, he can add TV sitcom to his epic list of achievements.
20 November 2015, 12:18 PM ET
The crew of the International Space Station and flight controllers worldwide held a moment of silence for the victims of the Nov. 13 Paris terrorist attacks, and astronaut Scott Kelly shared some remarks in a new video.
19 November 2015, 04:45 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station fielded rapid-fire questions from curious middle schoolers this morning (Nov. 19), delving into life on the station and the everyday strangeness that invites.
19 November 2015, 02:08 PM ET CEO Jeff Bezos personally oversaw the delivery of some large artifacts from NASA's history. Bezos came to The Museum of Flight for the arrival of the restored remains of Saturn V moon rocket's F-1 engines.
18 November 2015, 03:14 PM ET
If NASA is to push human space exploration to new destinations, they'll need the help of commercial companies — especially in low-Earth orbit — according to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.
18 November 2015, 12:36 PM ET
Deke Slayton waited 16 years to fly in space after he was selected as one of the original Mercury astronauts in 1959. When he finally did get to fly, Slayton advised, "Decide what you want to do, and then never give up until you've done it."
18 November 2015, 09:28 AM ET
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the compromise version of a commercial space bill Nov. 16, after a final debate about some parts of the bill.
17 November 2015, 05:00 PM ET
As NASA provides more details about its long-term plans to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, the agency’s administrator warned that any attempt by the next administration to deviate from that plan would be disastrous.
17 November 2015, 02:10 PM ET
Blue Origin expects to start launching commercial payloads on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle by the middle of next year, hoping to reinvigorate interest in flying experiments on such vehicles.
16 November 2015, 03:35 PM ET
A replica of the only privately-owned watch worn by an astronaut on the moon's surface will soon go on sale for much less than the astronomical price tag that the historic flown timepiece sold for at a recent auction.
16 November 2015, 01:00 PM ET
The first annual Spacecom meeting, which is being held in Houston this week, aims to help Earth-based industries take advantage of space technologies and new business opportunities in space.
15 November 2015, 03:07 PM ET
Pulsars, dwarf planets and alien worlds break records, a strange space object falls from the sky and Pluto's moons get weird — this is's top stories of the week.
14 November 2015, 11:32 PM ET
From a gorgeous photo of the Milky Way to a spectacular sunrise taken from the ISS, don't miss these amazing space images.
13 November 2015, 03:16 PM ET
Are you a fan of the Apollo moon landings? Are you curious about all the different types of items that the astronauts carried onboard their command and lunar modules? Can you type? If so, then the Smithsonian might just have the perfect pastime project.
12 November 2015, 07:01 AM ET
For years, NASA astronaut Bonnie Dunbar came to Ellington Airport to fly. She returned to the southeast Houston airport, the home of the space agency's aircraft operations, to dig — in honor of the history, and future, of flight.
10 November 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Going up? Attention space elevator button pushers! A feature-length documentary called Sky Line is being released this month, an impressive view that follows a group of scientists and entrepreneurs as egos collide in an attempt to reach for the stars.
09 November 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Kelly Latimer, the first female research test pilot ever to join NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, has joined Virgin Galactic as the spaceflight company's newest pilot.
08 November 2015, 12:47 PM ET
From super-close views of the Saturn moon Enceladus' south pole to spectacular, newly released images of the October 2014 Antares rocket explosion, don't miss these amazing space images.
06 November 2015, 03:47 PM ET
Two American astronauts took a marathon spacewalk on Friday, spending nearly eight hours outside the International Space Station on a truly out-of-this-world plumbing job.
06 November 2015, 02:15 PM ET
Human beings will always be explorers and we've already taken baby steps out into the solar system.
06 November 2015, 01:11 PM ET
NASA has announced it will begin accepting applications for its next class of astronauts, luring candidates with a chance to "advance a future human mission to Mars." But a new astronaut needn't travel to the Red Planet to make U.S. human spaceflight hist
06 November 2015, 08:22 AM ET
American astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will venture out of the International Space Station this morning (Nov. 6) for the second spacewalk mission in two weeks — and you can watch their excursion online as it happens.
06 November 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Most of the carbon dioxide from Mars' formerly thick atmosphere was lost to space billions of years ago, meaning the greenhouse gas cannot be accessed to help warm the planet up again.
06 November 2015, 07:30 AM ET
NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren took a 6.5-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station Nov. 6, beginning at 6:22 a.m. EST (1122 GMT). You can watch it live here, courtesy of NASA.
05 November 2015, 10:12 AM ET
04 November 2015, 02:00 PM ET
NASA announced today (Nov. 4) that it will be accepting applications starting in December for its next round of astronaut training.