Human Spaceflight Archive
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.
21 November 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The nonprofit Inspiration Mars Foundation aims to partner with NASA to send two astronauts on a flyby mission to the Red Planet in 2018. This has little chance of happening unless Congress and the White House approve the mission in the next few months.
20 November 2013, 03:59 PM ET
The Kennedy Space Center's Director (and former astronaut) shares his memories of building the International Space Station with's @MiriKramer and talks about its accomplishments.
20 November 2013, 03:36 PM ET
Inspiration Mars — which is led by multimillionaire Dennis Tito, the world's first space tourist — hopes to partner with NASA, using some of the space agency's equipment and an infusion of federal money to get off the launchpad by early January 2018.
20 November 2013, 03:36 PM ET
The recently returned to Earth NASA astronaut talks about adjusting to gravity and her time on the International Space Station with's @MiriKramer.
20 November 2013, 11:33 AM ET
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg — fresh off an approximately six-month stay on the International Space Station — will answer questions from today (Nov. 20), and you can watch it live online.
20 November 2013, 10:49 AM ET
The first module (Zvezda) launched in 1998 and the station was completed in 2011. To date, over 1500 science experiments, 139 flights have been made by 68 partnering countries.
20 November 2013, 09:11 AM ET
Discovery goes through the meticulous process of being prepared for liftoff on Mission STS-70 in early June of 1995.
20 November 2013, 08:45 AM ET
The International Space Station celebrates its 15th birthday Wednesday (Nov. 20), marking the day in 1998 when a Russian rocket lifted the first piece of the orbiting lab into space.
19 November 2013, 08:11 PM ET
After 15 years of construction, harrowing spacewalks and repairs, the International Space Station is still going strong in orbit around Earth.
19 November 2013, 06:11 PM ET
The NASA missions of today are paving the way toward launching a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s, space agency officials said today (Nov. 17).
19 November 2013, 05:16 PM ET
Alexander Serebrov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who once held the Guinness World Record for the most spacewalks and who was the first to test drive a "space motorcycle," has died at 69, according to Russia's federal space agency.