Human Spaceflight Archive
20 April 2015, 07:15 AM ET
For the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope in April 2015, 25 images were selected for a special gallery, one for each year of Hubble's lifespan.
19 April 2015, 09:20 AM ET
SpaceX nearly pulled off an unprecedented rocket landing during a cargo launch to the International Space Station and NASA's New Horizons probe returned its first color image of Pluto. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.
17 April 2015, 07:10 AM ET
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled Dragon with the space station's huge robotic arm at about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Friday (April 17), securing the commercial capsule to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
17 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX, United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and other spaceflight firms are working to make reusable launch systems a reality.
16 April 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Experiments for the International Space Station's first one-year crew will be among Dragon's precious cargo when it arrives at the orbiting complex this week.
16 April 2015, 02:39 PM ET
The International Space Station is about receive perhaps its most important upgrade to date: a microgravity espresso maker!
16 April 2015, 02:10 PM ET
They made the first 3D printer to be used in space possible. They made the files used to 3D print their tools in space available. Now, Made In Space is making the material used to 3D print in space for sale.
16 April 2015, 01:35 PM ET
A statue honoring astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, could one day stand in the U.S. Capitol, if a California lawmaker's resolution continues to advance. The statue would replace the monument for a controversial Spanish missionary.
16 April 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Billionaire Paul Allen has formed a new company to help make spaceflight more affordable and efficient. Vulcan Aerospace, which was unveiled Monday, will spearhead the space projects of Vulcan, Inc.
15 April 2015, 04:41 PM ET
The second attempted ocean barge landing of the first stage of the SpaceX rocket touched down on the barge but a little too hard. The rocket successfully launched the Dragon cargo ship to the Space Station.
15 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A stunning new video taken by a chase plane shows just how close SpaceX came to pulling off a historic rocket landing Tuesday (April 14) during the launch of its Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station.
14 April 2015, 07:21 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have a chance to see a Dragon capsule built by the private spaceflight company SpaceX 'chase' the International Space Station across the sky this week ahead of a Friday morning rendezvous.
14 April 2015, 04:30 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched the company's Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station today (April 14) and then returned to Earth, nearly pulling off an unprecedented landing on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
14 April 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Taxes are going to play a big role in a Mars mission, both in getting there and upon arrival, one expert says.
14 April 2015, 06:47 AM ET
United Launch Alliance (ULA), the company behind the Atlas and Delta rockets, unveiled Vulcan, its new launch vehicle system. The Vulcan rocket features new engines and a plan for reuse that involves mid-air recovery.
13 April 2015, 04:35 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX called off the launch of a Dragon spaceship and an ambitious rocket landing try on Monday (April 13) due to bad weather conditions. SpaceX hopes to try again on Tuesday, April 14, at 4:10 p.m. EDT.
13 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In April 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a ocean platform after launching the sixth Dragon cargo mission for NASA. See photos from the Commercial Resupply Service 6 mission here.
13 April 2015, 07:15 AM ET
After an explosion crippled the spacecraft, the three astronauts had to fight to make their way back to Earth.
13 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to launch its robotic Dragon cargo capsule toward the International Space Station Monday at 4:33 p.m. EDT, then bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back for a soft landing on an unmanned ship in the Atlantic. Watch it live here.
12 April 2015, 09:39 PM ET
All systems are go for the Monday launch of a SpaceX Dragon space capsule carrying NASA cargo the International Space Station on Monday (April 13), a mission that will also include a novel reusable rocket landing attempt.
12 April 2015, 10:12 AM ET
A total lunar eclipse wowed skywatchers and two private spaceflight companies tackled big challenges. These, and more, are Space.com's picks for the best space stories for the week of April 12.
12 April 2015, 09:34 AM ET
From a cosmic garden to fishing for space junk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2015.
10 April 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Houston, we have... Apollo 13 custom LEGO minifigures! Launched in time for the start of the historic mission's 45th anniversary, UK-based Minifigs.me has introduced a new set of four minifigures replicating the Apollo 13 crew and their flight director.
10 April 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell "lost the moon" after a mid-flight explosion. Now, on the anniversary of his most famous liftoff, the Adler Planetarium is launching its own "Mission Moon," based on Lovell's life.
10 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut and baseball fan Terry Virts is taking pictures of the 28 North American cities that host a major-league team, then posting the photos to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He wants you to guess the cities' identities.
10 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a soft touchdown on an unmanned "spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean after the booster sends Dragon on its way toward the orbiting lab Monday (April 13).
09 April 2015, 06:04 PM ET
Martian astronauts will need to be able to withstand the reduced gravity and increased radiation in deep space. And they'll have to find a way to deal with the boredom, experts say.
08 April 2015, 05:35 PM ET
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
07 April 2015, 06:26 PM ET
Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin flight tests this year of an innovative new spaceship — a milestone made possible by the firm's rocket engine success.
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Living on comets requires great care — the gravity is so weak that you could easily jump off the frozen bodies and into space.
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Halley's Comet, a dusty ball of ice and frozen gases, spends most of its time in the chilly outland of the solar system. See what it would be like to live on a comet in this infographic.