Human Spaceflight Archive
12 April 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Each year, we at Space.com pause to reflect on both April 12 space anniversaries, and space fans around the world do the same with Yuri's Night, a global celebration of human spaceflight.
12 April 2014, 07:38 AM ET
SpaceX's third Dragon cargo mission is packed with 5,000 lbs. of vital supplies, including some intriguing technology and science experiments. See some of the best experiments riding the Dragon in this Space.com infographic.
12 April 2014, 07:11 AM ET
NASA is studying a glitch with a backup computer on the International Space Station, an issue that could potentially force astronauts to perform a spacewalk repair and delay the planned Monday launch of a SpaceX cargo ship.
11 April 2014, 11:15 PM ET
Can the United States hold its leadership in spaceflight into the 21st century?
11 April 2014, 04:45 PM ET
A slightly dazed group of college students they stepped off a ZERO-G plane to resounding cheers Thursday (April 10), pumping their fists to celebrate a weightless voyage packed with science experiments, including one test that sparked tiny balls of fire.
10 April 2014, 03:58 PM ET
A robotic humanoid astronaut on the International Space Station is about to get its legs. NASA has crafted a pair of space legs for its robotic astronaut torso called Robonaut 2 on the space station now.
10 April 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Branson wants to find Shihan Musafer, a child who called in to ask him the following question on the BBC TV show "Going Live!" back in 1988: "Have you ever thought about going into space?"
10 April 2014, 03:43 PM ET
Preparations for the next Orbital Sciences Corp. cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station are on track for launch in early May, but NASA plans to ask the company to reschedule its resupply run for some time in mid-June after delays in lau
10 April 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Apollo 13 memorabilia belonging to the late astronaut Jack Swigert is auction-bound, 44 years after a last-minute change landed him aboard the ill-fated flight. The mementos are being put up for sale by Swigert's family.
10 April 2014, 12:32 PM ET
The countdown to weightlessness begins. On Wednesday, I got a barf briefing. On Thursday, I'll get an Army-green flight suit. And on Friday, I'll finally get a chance to experience life without gravity (albeit in brief increments).
10 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
An astronaut in space recently made a giant leap into the social media world with the first Instagram photo ever sent from the International Space Station.
09 April 2014, 05:20 PM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo ship delivered about 3 tons of supplies to the International Space Station today after a quick, six-hour trip to the orbiting outpost.
09 April 2014, 01:39 PM ET
NASA astronaut Steven Swanson made the 'historic' post on April 7th, 2014. The 'selfie' was taken in the space station's cupola and states "Back on ISS, life is good".
09 April 2014, 12:51 PM ET
A former Navy test pilot, Binnie had most recently worked for Scaled Composites, overseeing flight tests of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. He will now help another suborbital space plane, XCOR's Lynx, get off the ground.
09 April 2014, 12:19 PM ET
The M2-F1 lifting body, shown under tow, was designed as a means of landing an aircraft horizontally after atmospheric reentry.
09 April 2014, 11:27 AM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying a fresh load of supplies is on its way to six crewmembers living and working on the International Space Station.
08 April 2014, 12:48 PM ET
An American spacecraft that spent decades under the ocean will soon ship overseas for an exhibit that explores the 'space between art and science.' Liberty Bell 7 will leave the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to be displayed in Germany.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA is working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars.
07 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
NASA should set up a clear set of ethical rules regarding the health of astronauts on long-duration spaceflights — such as a trip to Mars — in the near future, according to a panel of health and ethics experts.
07 April 2014, 10:01 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in March 2014.
06 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
05 April 2014, 04:04 PM ET
From images of a U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Satellite Program payload launch into space to an amateur astronomer’s famous moon shot, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 5, 2014.
04 April 2014, 08:09 PM ET
To survive on Mars, astronauts may need to rely on an usual diet.
04 April 2014, 04:00 PM ET
NASA officials have suspended contact with Russian government representatives due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. However, the newly instituted policy might not have many on-the-ground effects for people working at the American space agency.
03 April 2014, 02:32 PM ET
See photos and images of Vancouver-based UrtheCast's HD cameras from their perch on the International Space Station in this Space.com gallery.
03 April 2014, 02:13 PM ET
UrtheCast released images taken by its orbiting HD equipment for the first time today, posting two photos captured on March 28 by its medium-resolution camera. One picture is centered on a Jamaican town, while the other shows part of Venezuela.
02 April 2014, 08:10 PM ET
NASA is suspending most of its cooperation with Russia as a result of the ongoing situation in Ukraine, agency officials announced Wednesday afternoon (April 2). But it will be business as usual aboard the International Space Station.
02 April 2014, 06:42 AM ET
Tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near Earth and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.
01 April 2014, 01:44 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins swaps out the International Space Station's Solid Waste Container SWC/KTO.
01 April 2014, 12:43 PM ET
From a billionaire to a respected science journal, everyone is getting in on the ridiculous April Fools' Day fun. A few of the more elaborate jokes flying around the internet today (April 1) involve spaceflight and astrophysics.
01 April 2014, 10:43 AM ET
Space Shuttle Atlantis begins STS-86 by blazing through the night sky.
31 March 2014, 04:34 PM ET
The engines of NASA's space shuttle will be reborn for the space agency's newest rocket, designed to take humans deeper into space than ever before.