Human Spaceflight Archive
09 January 2014, 06:56 AM ET
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences will launch a privately built Cygnus cargo ship on its debut delivery mission to the International Space Station today (Jan. 9). Liftoff is set for 1:07 p.m. EST (1807 GMT) from Virginia.
08 January 2014, 04:42 PM ET
Shelf-stable foods and crops grown onsite form the menu of the crews at the Mars Desert Research Station in rural Utah.
08 January 2014, 02:34 PM ET
NASA and White House officials are announcing plans today (Jan. 8) to keep the International Space Station running through at least 2024 — a four-year life extension for the largest spacecraft ever built.
08 January 2014, 08:10 AM ET
A huge solar flare from the sun has delayed the launch of Orbital Sciences' first Cygnus cargo mission to the International Space Station today (Jan. 8). See what it means for the mission here.
08 January 2014, 12:47 AM ET
A privately built robotic spacecraft is poised to blast off from Virginia's freezing cold Eastern Shore today (Jan. 8) on a debut delivery flight to the International Space Station, and you can watch it live online.
07 January 2014, 01:49 PM ET
The fictional storybook space adventures of a dog named Max are blasting off in real life to be read on board the International Space Station. The astronauts will record videos of themselves reading the books for children to enjoy and learn from back on E
07 January 2014, 11:27 AM ET
From 11:43 to 15:49 GMT on January 3rd, 2013, a camera was pointed out a window of the International Space Station for two Earth orbits. North-western Australia starts the video and eastern Quebec ends it. The Moon makes an appearance as well.
07 January 2014, 09:26 AM ET
The two astronauts are conducting Detailed Test Objective procedures in the payload bay of Endeavour.
06 January 2014, 04:32 PM ET
A simulated Red Planet mission has begun at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, where six crewmembers are performing research that could lay the foundation for a real trip to Mars someday.
06 January 2014, 02:21 PM ET contributor Elizabeth Howell is part of a mock Mars mission in the Utah desert this week and wants to know: What questions do you have for a Red Planet simulation?
04 January 2014, 11:14 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
04 January 2014, 12:42 PM ET
From astronauts wishing Earth a happy New Year from space to jaw-dropping views of Saturn, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Jan. 4, 2014.
03 January 2014, 07:19 PM ET
The commercial spaceflight company Orbital Sciences has delayed the launch if its first delivery mission to the International Space Station next week by at least one or two days due to expected frigid temperatures.
03 January 2014, 01:32 PM ET
The Star Trek actress, Nichelle Nichols, was employed by NASA to recruit new astronauts into the late 1980s.
03 January 2014, 08:00 AM ET
A revisited trove of data from the Apollo missions has helped scientists answer a lingering lunar question: How fast does moon dust build up?
03 January 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The unmanned Cygnus spacecraft, which is built by Orbital Sciences, is slated to blast off from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon, in a launch that could be visible from large stretches of the U.S. East Coast.
02 January 2014, 02:35 PM ET
The Mars Desert Research Station aims to help humanity prepare for the rigors and challenges of life on the Red Planet. It was designed in line with the "Mars Direct" settlement approach, which sees crews living off the land as much as possible.
02 January 2014, 11:30 AM ET
Golden Spike, acompany developing commercial missions to the moon for launch in 2020, has partnered with Honeybee Robotics to design lunar rovers to accompany the manned expeditions.
01 January 2014, 01:11 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in December 2013.
01 January 2014, 11:53 AM ET
The people of Earth rang in 2014 with raucous celebrations that reached all the way to space, where astronauts on the International Space Station helped usher in the New Year. See the Happy New Year video from astronauts on the space station.
31 December 2013, 04:00 PM ET
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic celebrated a year of new rocket technologies, space ships, certifications, and construction of the first ever spaceport for tourists.
31 December 2013, 03:02 PM ET
The Canadian company UrtheCast and its Russian partners are investigating what went wrong when its new Earth-watching cameras suffered a glitch shortly after being installed outside the International Space Station last week.
31 December 2013, 12:52 PM ET
The private Martian colony project Mars One announced Monday (Dec. 30) that it has picked 1,058 hopeful volunteers to move on to the next round in its search for the first humans to live and die on the Red Planet.
31 December 2013, 12:25 PM ET
NASA astronauts on Earth and in space will help usher in 2014 from New York City's Times Square tonight. New Yorker astronaut Mike Massimino will host video messages from astronauts on the International Space Station and elsewhere in NYC.
31 December 2013, 09:16 AM ET
From a new rover on the moon, to the most powerful digital camera ever built, space will be buzzing with human activities in 2014.
30 December 2013, 06:22 PM ET
Packing for a simulated Mars mission is a lot like packing for a camping trip — as long as you also remember to bring your scientific gear.
30 December 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Beyoncé is ending the year on a sour note with members of the NASA community. The singer sampled an audio clip from the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster as part of her new song, 'XO,' upsetting the fallen astronauts' families.
30 December 2013, 03:36 PM ET
The year 2013 left its mark on space exploration history, but it also ushered in a banner year for space artifacts from decades past. Here is a look back at some of the year's milestones in space memorabilia.
30 December 2013, 02:41 PM ET
Two Russian Cosmonauts installed a pair of high-fidelity cameras outside the International Space Station but had to remove them after telemetry problems, resulting in a new record for the longest Russian space walk at 8 hours and 7 minutes.
29 December 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Space feats reached internationally and into interplanetary space in 2013, with milestones stretching from Earth to Mars.
28 December 2013, 08:57 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
28 December 2013, 08:24 PM ET
From photos of rare noctilucent clouds to images from a vital holiday spacewalk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for Dec. 28, 2013.