Human Spaceflight Archive
16 May 2014, 05:44 PM ET
SpaceX's robotic Dragon cargo capsule is scheduled to leave the International Space Station and splash down intact in the ocean on Sunday (May 18), and you can watch it live online.
16 May 2014, 07:21 AM ET
The bold asteroid-redirect plan may also feature the first in-space test of the "enhanced gravity tractor" technique, which could help steer dangerous space rocks away from Earth.
15 May 2014, 05:06 PM ET
Three members of the House Science Committee have sent a letter to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden asking him to explain the current state of the partnership in light of recent comments made by a senior Russian official.
15 May 2014, 01:51 PM ET
Astronaut John Glenn inspects artwork to be painted on his Mercury spacecraft.
15 May 2014, 12:30 PM ET
Spaceflight industry experts and supporters are gathering in the City of Angels this week to discuss the future of human spaceflight during a conference featuring Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin and Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of SpaceX.
15 May 2014, 07:30 AM ET
Whenever humans finally touch down on Mars, they'll be following in the footsteps of many brave robotic pioneers. Unmanned missions to the Red Planet have greatly increased scientists' and engineers' ability to eventually pull off a manned Mars effort.
15 May 2014, 02:57 AM ET
For astronauts flying in space, spacesuits are a must-have accessory. But spacesuit technology has come a long way since the dawn of human spaceflight. Tonight, MIT professor Dava Newman will discuss her BioSuit spacesuit design and you can watch it live.
14 May 2014, 12:59 PM ET
The call by one Russian official to ban Russian rocket engine use on U.S. military launches and to pull out of the International Space Station project by 2020, could have far-reaching repercussions for U.S. spaceflight if realized.
14 May 2014, 11:13 AM ET
A camera system is set up in the dynamic test chamber at Goddard Space Flight Center where thorough testing in a simulated space environment is the practice.
14 May 2014, 09:58 AM ET
More than 50 years after Neil Armstrong stood under it for a photo, a sign outside the main building at NASA's flight research center in southern California was revealed on Tuesday (May 13), now amended with the late astronaut's name.
14 May 2014, 04:01 AM ET
Spacesuits are vital for astronauts. They protect space travelers during launch and landing, and allow trips outside for spacewalks to make repairs or upgrades. See photos of how spacesuits have evolved during the first decades of human spaceflight.
14 May 2014, 03:18 AM ET
See photos from the May 13, 2014 landing of the a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Japanese spaceflyer Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin to wrap up a 188-day space mission.
13 May 2014, 10:05 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, Japanese spaceflyer Koichi Wakata and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 9:58 p.m. EDT Tuesday night (May 13).
13 May 2014, 02:19 PM ET
The flight crew for the X-15 which was developed to provide data on aerodynamics, structures, flight controls and the physiological aspects of high speed, high altitude flight.
13 May 2014, 02:07 PM ET
Canada's astronaut star Chris Hadfield wowed the Internet last year when he posted a YouTube music video of David Bowie's epic 'Space Oddity' while actually living in space. Now, it's going away.
13 May 2014, 11:12 AM ET
Astronauts Stan Love and Steve Bowen descended into NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory pool on Friday (May 9) to test out spacewalking techniques that could be used to explore a captured asteroid a decade or so from now.
13 May 2014, 10:03 AM ET
Three International Space Station crewmembers are set to return to Earth tonight (May 13) and you can watch it live online.
12 May 2014, 02:44 PM ET
Bone loss is a serious issue that has plagued astronauts since the dawn of the Space age. In the microgravity environment bones are remodeled with a decrease in mineral density.
12 May 2014, 12:55 PM ET
The HL-20 was one of two concepts considered for the Personnel Launch System.
11 May 2014, 11:26 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
10 May 2014, 01:11 PM ET
From a brilliant image of the Flame Nebula to magnetic 'fingerprints' of the Milky Way, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 10, 2014.
10 May 2014, 12:47 PM ET
From a fireball blazing across the daytime sky to a stunning moonrise over Ocean City, don't miss these spectacular night sky images by stargazers and Space.com readers.
09 May 2014, 05:18 PM ET
NASA's next-generation Z-2 spacesuit prototype is an evolution ahead of its predecessor, the Z-1. See how NASA's futuristic Z-2 spacesuit works in this Space.com infographic.
09 May 2014, 01:22 PM ET
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II tests a Mobile Foot Restraint.
08 May 2014, 04:28 PM ET
A U.S. federal judge has lifted an injunction that temporarily barred the U.S. Air Force and United Launch Alliance from buying Russian-made rocket engines for launching launch national security missions.
08 May 2014, 06:30 AM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to establish a Red Planet settlement beginning in 2025, announced Monday (May 5) that it had sliced its pool of potential colonists from 1,058 down to 705.
07 May 2014, 03:50 PM ET
NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras that were installed on the exterior of the International Space Station last month.
07 May 2014, 12:29 PM ET
A NASA research pilot watches the NB-52B fly over after an HL-10 test flight.
07 May 2014, 11:48 AM ET
Bill Dana did not receive his astronaut wings until almost 40 years after he flew in space. Dana, who on May 6, 2014 died at the age of 83, flew the X-15 rocket plane on two flights that exceeded the Air Force's space boundary of 50 miles in 1966 and 1968
07 May 2014, 01:44 AM ET
Do you have the right stuff? Becoming an astronaut doesn't just happen overnight. It takes many years of education and experience to meet the basic qualifications.
07 May 2014, 12:54 AM ET
Now, more than ever, the United States must accelerate its human spaceflight program according to private astronaut Richard Garriott and his father Owen, a former NASA astronaut.
06 May 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Harrison "Jack" Schmitt has already been to the moon and walked on its surface. But he is eager to see a rebirth of the zeal for United States human space exploration that boosted Schmitt and fellow astronaut, Eugene Cernan, onto the lunar surface.