Human Spaceflight Archive
06 October 2015, 11:00 AM ET
See how NASA and Ridley Scott brought Mars exploration to the public with 'The Martian,' a film starring Matt Damon as a stranded astronaut.
06 October 2015, 10:50 AM ET
“The Martian” makes being stranded on the cold red planet seem almost romantic. But what are your real survival odds? XPRIZE Founder and CEO Peter Diamandis reasons out his personal choice in this inaugural episode of #AskPeter.
06 October 2015, 10:24 AM ET
Blue Origin said Sept. 30 that it has completed more than 100 developmental tests of its BE-4 engine, which the company is building both for ULA and itself.
06 October 2015, 10:20 AM ET
In life, astronaut Sally Ride privately put into order her personal objects, artifacts, awards and papers, which will now forever represent her as America's first woman in space in the National Air and Space Museum.
06 October 2015, 10:10 AM ET
Virgin Galactic announced Sept. 28 it has made "significant progress" on the engines that it will use on its LauncherOne small satellite launch vehicle.
06 October 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Arizona-based World View Enterprises aims to start launching paying customers to the stratosphere in 2017 beneath a giant balloon, for $75,000 per seat.
05 October 2015, 05:33 PM ET
The Straight to Ale brewery, located in Huntsville, Alabama, home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, incorporates NASA history into many of its beers.
03 October 2015, 09:59 AM ET
There's water on Mars, a resupply spaceship at the International Space Station, a science-heavy survival novel on the big screen and something moving inside Saturn. These are our best space stories of the week.
02 October 2015, 08:54 PM ET
From the discovery of water on Mars to stunning reader images of the Supermoon eclipse, don't miss these amazing space images.
02 October 2015, 07:55 AM ET
NASA has been helping promote the new film "The Martian," which hits theaters across the United States today (Oct. 1), as a way to publicize its own plans to send astronauts to the Red Planet in the 2030s.
01 October 2015, 06:55 PM ET
Russia's uncrewed Progress 61 freighter docked with the space station at 6:52 p.m. EDT today (Oct. 1), 6 hours after blasting off. The cargo vessel is stocked with more than 3 tons of food and supplies for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab.
01 October 2015, 01:28 PM ET
Russia launched an unmanned cargo ship Thursday (Oct. 1) on a speedy trip to deliver tons of fresh supplies to a waiting crew on the International Space Station.
01 October 2015, 01:16 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in's gallery of cosmic images posted in September 2015.
01 October 2015, 11:07 AM ET
It may seem strange at first, but by the time you get done seeing "The Martian," the new movie from director Ridley Scott, you will understand why 20th Century Fox wants to mail you a Mark Watney-stamped potato.
30 September 2015, 05:46 PM ET
In the film "The Martian" (2015), an astronaut played by Matt Damon has to improvise when his crew leaves him behind by accident. Here's a look at what Watney would need to stay alive on Mars.
30 September 2015, 05:20 PM ET
Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and other actors in "The Martian" — as well as director Ridley Scott — recently got a chance to ask a few questions of real astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren. Watch the discussion in this new video.
30 September 2015, 05:04 PM ET
Forty-four years ago, the watch David Scott was wearing broke as he was out for a walk. Somehow, the crystal protecting the watch's face popped off. Fortunately, he had another watch to wear. That wouldn't be newsworthy had Scott not been on the moon at t
30 September 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Are you ready for Mars? NASA is working to get the agency ready for a human mission to the Red Planet in a few decades, and is showcasing its personnel and projects online.
30 September 2015, 01:55 PM ET
A new photo book provides a "wide look" at the lunar surface vistas that the Apollo astronauts captured on film 45 years ago. "Apollo: The Panoramas" is now being crowdfunded on Kickstarter.
30 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The upcoming sci-fi film "The Martian" features many real-life technologies being developed to help put boots on the Red Planet, but the sleek spacesuits showcased in the upcoming sci-fi film were invented out of whole cloth.
29 September 2015, 01:50 PM ET
The twitter account for the upcoming movie "The Martian," due out this Friday (Oct. 2) released a very special video following NASA's announcement of liquid finding water on the surface of Mars.
29 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The discovery boosts the chances that life may exist today on or near the Martian surface, researchers said. And it makes the outlook for putting boots on the Red Planet, which NASA hopes to do by the end of the 2030s, a bit rosier as well.
25 September 2015, 11:00 AM ET
The Virginia-based Zero Gravity Corp. (Zero G) has now been flying customers on a specially modified Boeing 727 jet for a decade. The plane, known as G-Force One, flies in parabolic arcs that generate brief periods of weightlessness.
24 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Myths abound about the moon, from the fabled "dark side" to the persistent belief that the Apollo landings were faked. Here's a look at some major lunar misconceptions, just in time for Sunday's rare "supermoon" total lunar eclipse.
23 September 2015, 11:23 AM ET
Timothy "TJ" Creamer, who this week joined the ranks of Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz as one of NASA's newest flight directors, is no stranger to Mission Control. Creamer is the first astronaut to be named a flight director in the history of U.S. human space
22 September 2015, 05:30 PM ET
Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon, and his new book encourages kids to take the first steps onto Mars.
22 September 2015, 12:44 PM ET
It is not unusual, given NASA's presence in the community, to hear of people in Houston sing the virtues of space exploration. Those voices though, do not often take the form of an opera. That will change with the Houston Grand Opera's premiere of "O Colu
22 September 2015, 07:41 AM ET
On Thursday (Sept. 17), officials with NASA and the U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID) showcased the ways satellite data helps developing countries manage their resources and deal with natural disasters.
21 September 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Could genes determine what makes a good astronaut? How does spaceflight impact the human genome? The one-year mission aboard the International Space Station may start unearthing answers.
21 September 2015, 04:46 PM ET
Last weekend, astronaut Scott Kelly answered questions on Twitter about life in space, including how astronauts bathe, do laundry and exercise, and how he's liking his one-year stay in orbit.
21 September 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Space travelers don't have to dream of flying, but Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, up on the International Space Station, revealed his own bad dream of missing the flight back to space in a new video interview.
20 September 2015, 04:37 PM ET
Jeff Bezos announced a new home for Blue Origin and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly reflected on having six more months in orbit. This is our roundup of the best space stories of the week, for Sept. 18, 2015.