Human Spaceflight Archive
18 September 2015, 04:51 PM ET
The capsule that launched the first woman into space, the most complete Soviet lunar lander still in existence and the 80-year-old drawings of a rocket pioneer are among the more than 150 rare Soviet-era space relics now on public display in London.
18 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA has been overly optimistic about its manned Red Planet plans in the past. But the agency's current goal of getting astronauts to Mars by the end of the 2030s is eminently achievable, NASA chief Charles Bolden said.
17 September 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Private spaceflight company SpaceX released a series of gorgeous images that show its crewed Dragon capsule touching down on the Red Planet.
16 September 2015, 09:43 PM ET
16 September 2015, 05:25 PM ET
During an award ceremony last month, the organization Shades of Blue recognized Nichelle Nichols — Lt. Uhura from the original "Star Trek" series — for her role in recruiting women and minorities to become NASA astronauts.
16 September 2015, 03:51 PM ET
Orion's first crewed sojourn, known as Exploration Mission 2 (EM-2), is targeted for launch in August 2021. But after conducting a thorough review of the Orion program last month, NASA now says EM-2's liftoff will occur "no later than April 2023."
16 September 2015, 03:40 PM ET
NASA rolled out the red carpet for two 'Red Planet' movie actors, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the agency's real journey to Mars with the stars from "The Martian." The cast members visited the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
16 September 2015, 03:00 PM ET
French designers propose an innovative shelter for Mars.
16 September 2015, 02:55 PM ET
Here's a brief rundown of how Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson are helping shape the exploration and exploitation of space.
16 September 2015, 07:20 AM ET
The Self-deployable Habitat for Extreme Environments (SHEE) project is developing domiciles that could serve as Mars or moon bases.
15 September 2015, 01:00 PM ET
Abigail Harrison, known on social media as 'Astronaut Abby,' has launched The Mars Generation, a nonprofit organization to get people excited again about space exploration.
15 September 2015, 11:29 AM ET
At the midpoint of astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko's stay aboard the International Space Station, NASA commissioned the actor, best known as Star Wars' Lando Calrissian, to speak of the importance of their mission.
15 September 2015, 10:32 AM ET
Blue Origin, the private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will build and launch rockets and spaceships from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
15 September 2015, 08:21 AM ET
Two crewmembers aboard the International Space Station are entering rarely tread territory as they pass the six-month mark in a yearlong stay in orbit that will help scientists understand how humans might cope with a journey to Mars.
14 September 2015, 06:00 PM ET
Demonstrating one small step for rover operations, a European astronaut successfully maneuvered a machine on Earth in precision operations from his perch 250 miles (400 kilometers) high on the International Space Station.
11 September 2015, 08:57 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, European Space Agency astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov touched down safely on the Kazakh steppes Friday evening, about 3.5 hours after departing the space station.
11 September 2015, 05:48 AM ET
SpaceX has thrown open the hatch leading into its Crew Dragon spacecraft, revealing a sleek black and white interior design for the capsule it is building to fly astronauts to the International Space Station and other future destinations.
10 September 2015, 12:24 PM ET
Elon Musk appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," to talk about dropping nuclear bombs on Mars and a creepy new snake robot built to charge electric cars.
09 September 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Responding to Congressional criticism that it was giving SpaceX special treatment, NASA said it is doing an independent review of SpaceX’s launch failure.
08 September 2015, 05:24 PM ET
If Scott Kelly were aboard a spaceship on its way to Mars, rather than on the International Space Station where has been for the last six months, he would be arriving at the Red Planet just about now.
08 September 2015, 02:03 PM ET
The picture, a composite of five images taken Sunday (Sept. 6) from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls, captures a "transit" of the International Space Station (ISS) across the solar disk.
08 September 2015, 10:45 AM ET
Boeing’s CST-100 commercial crew transportation vehicle, now known as ‘Starliner’ will occupy NASA's new Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility (C3PF) at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
07 September 2015, 02:30 AM ET
There will be no barbecuing on the International Space Station this Labor Day. But the orbiting lab's American crew will get a free day to relax and exercise after the excitement of welcoming three new teammates on Friday.
05 September 2015, 06:46 PM ET
The Star Wars toys awaken, a looming 'supermoon' eclipse overshadows a solar eclipse, and hoverboard technology aims for the stars in's best stories for this week.
05 September 2015, 12:11 AM ET
Boeing opened the doors to its commercial spacecraft processing facility, signaling the grand opening of the repurposed shuttle-era building and revealing Starliner as the name of the CST-100 crewed capsules that will be assembled for launch inside.
04 September 2015, 01:18 PM ET
In the history of Hollywood envisioning the future of space exploration, few, if any films have come as close to NASA's own goals at the time of the movie's release as Ridley Scott's "The Martian." The 20th Century Fox film stars Matt Damon as an astronau
04 September 2015, 11:35 AM ET
The long-delayed first flight of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch vehicle is now scheduled for April or May of 2016, a company official said Sept. 1.
04 September 2015, 07:45 AM ET
The subjects of the new Web series "Citizen Mars" aim to become astronauts with the Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One. That group plans to land four people on the Red Planet in 2027, kicking off a permanent colony there.
04 September 2015, 03:45 AM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying cosmonaut Sergey Volkov, the European Space Agency's Andreas Mogensen and Kazakhstan's Aidyn Aimbetov docked with the space station's Poisk module at 3:39 a.m. EDT (0739 GMT) Friday (Sept. 4).
03 September 2015, 05:00 PM ET
NASA is working to develop laser-based communications systems that will allow far-flung spacecraft to beam data home far faster than previously possible.
03 September 2015, 06:00 AM ET
Scientists found that the median particle size in a set of 20 different Apollo soil samples held in laboratories for research use has decreased by more than half since the samples were first measured 40 years ago.
02 September 2015, 06:25 PM ET
A series of gorgeous photos capture two different rocket launches that took place within 6 hours of each other, but thousands of miles apart, early this morning.