Human Spaceflight Archive
03 December 2013, 03:23 PM ET
A group of would-be astronauts are heading down to Florida this week to compete for the opportunity of a lifetime: a free trip to the edge of space and back again.
03 December 2013, 03:00 PM ET
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield visited his hometown Nov. 23, 2013 for a book signing event that attracted an estimated 1,000 people in Sarnia, Ont. – population 72,000.
03 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
In one of the few behind-the-scenes looks at the private space company's assets, the hydrogen/oxygen fueled BE-3 rocket engine is test fired. Its being tested for use on the company's orbital launch vehicle.
03 December 2013, 02:50 PM ET
See tantalizing spaceship photos from the secretive commercial space company Blue Origins.
03 December 2013, 12:18 PM ET
When it comes to space and energy, we need to think big. That's what one Japanese company is doing — and they're reaching for the moon, literally.
02 December 2013, 01:40 PM ET
NASA is vacuum testing the carbon fiber barrier between the Orion capsule and the propellent stage. Its main purpose is to keep dangerous gasses away from the spacecraft.
02 December 2013, 01:17 PM ET
It does not seem out of place today, but the sight 30 years ago of a pressurized module mounted in the space shuttle's payload bay was described in 1983 as an 'odd-appearing assemblage.' That sight was Spacelab, a $1 billion space laboratory.
02 December 2013, 08:00 AM ET
How does a country preserve its mark on the moon for decades to come? It may not seem like the moon is a busy space-traffic hub these days, but in the not-too-distant future, that could change.
01 December 2013, 02:26 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 December 2013, 12:44 PM ET
From a stunning image of the Dragon's Head Nebula to a photo of Comet ISON as seen by a NASA Mercury Probe, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Dec. 1, 2013.
01 December 2013, 12:00 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in November 2013.
30 November 2013, 12:00 PM ET
Piloting fighter jets, floating in zero gravity and spinning at a belly-flattening speed in a centrifuge are not the things a regular tourist is asked to do before a dream holiday.
29 November 2013, 06:07 PM ET
A replica of a NASA space shuttle on display in Houston was defaced Wednesday (Nov. 27), when vandals sprayed racial and political graffiti on the side of the full-size mockup. The offending markings were quickly covered over within hours.
27 November 2013, 02:02 PM ET
From tasty Earth treats to dehydrated drinks, see what astronauts eat in space.
27 November 2013, 01:57 PM ET
You can even celebrate Thanksgiving in space. Tomorrow (Nov. 28), people all over the United States will chow down on turkey, cranberries, desserts and other special dishes in honor of Thanksgiving, and Americans in space will do the same.
27 November 2013, 07:44 AM ET
A number of organizations, both public and private, are drawing up plans to send astronauts toward the Red Planet, whose allure as an otherworldly destination and potential host of alien life has beckoned scientists and dreamers for hundreds of years.
27 November 2013, 07:21 AM ET
Food scientist Vickie Kloeris gives's @MiriKramer the run down on the food that the ISS crew will be eating on Thanksgiving 2013.
26 November 2013, 04:03 PM ET
If you are still wondering what gift to get the astronauts living on the International Space Station this holiday season (and if not, why not?), you can rule out a certain bestselling book.
26 November 2013, 03:00 PM ET
British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said his company Virgin Galactic is now accepting the digital-only currency bitcoin for its commercial spaceflights aboard SpaceShipTwo.
24 November 2013, 10:52 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
23 November 2013, 03:40 PM ET
From an amazing MAVEN spacecraft launch toward the Red Planet to stunning images by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, don't miss these amazing space photos of the week for Nov. 23, 2013.
23 November 2013, 02:24 PM ET
From the dazzling nighttime rocket launch to a spectacular set of photos showing the evolution of Comet ISON over the last few months, don't miss these stunning night sky photos by stargazers and readers.
22 November 2013, 06:22 PM ET
The document calls on federal agencies to continue supporting the development of private American spaceships to carry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and directs NASA to keep working on a heavy-lift rocket to send people much farther afield.
22 November 2013, 01:41 PM ET
With the success of the SpaceX and Orbital Sciences spacecrafts, NASA is looking forward to sending humans to low-Earth orbit with commercial partners.
22 November 2013, 09:08 AM ET
Overnight on Jan. 28, 1986 icicles formed on the launch pad and service tower.
21 November 2013, 05:07 PM ET
On the ISS, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins send down their best wishes for a happy Thanksgiving and their crewmates show off the station's galley where they will be preparing and enjoying a Thanksgiving meal.
21 November 2013, 02:30 PM ET
Sally Ride, the United States' first woman to fly into space, has been posthumously awarded the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
21 November 2013, 01:39 PM ET
A new type of "sunrise" dawned above Earth on Nov. 20, 1998, with the launch of the first piece of the International Space Station.
21 November 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Cameras aboard the International Space Station are delivering much need information to farmers for maintaining their crops. A farmer from Minnesota explains the benefits.
21 November 2013, 09:49 AM ET
Get the latest news on 3D printing in space. See how NASA and private companies are making space manufacturing and on-demand parts a reality.
21 November 2013, 09:11 AM ET
The STS-107 Crew stands with the SPACEHAB during training.
21 November 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg is readjusting to life with two feet on the ground. Nyberg just returned to the Earth's surface after spending about 5.5 months living and working aboard the International Space Station.