Human Spaceflight Archive
12 June 2014, 01:50 PM ET
The Dream Chaser space plane will see some more airtime later this year. Representatives of Sierra Nevada Corp., the company developing Dream Chaser, are planning to launch the space shuttle-like vehicle to space in November 2016.
12 June 2014, 12:57 PM ET
World Cup soccer excitement has launched into space. Three astronauts in orbit are getting into the World Cup spirit on the International Space Station.
12 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
The Mercury pilot, flanked by military medical officers, is on the U.S.S. Randolph.
11 June 2014, 12:09 PM ET
Astronaut Ed White floats in space with an earth limb in the background.
11 June 2014, 07:02 AM ET
NASA is heading back to the ocean floor twice in the next three months to test out techniques and technologies that could improve astronauts' lives in orbit and help them explore an asteroid down the road.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A quarter-scale prototype of SpacePlane, a vehicle being developed by the France-based company Airbus, took to the skies last month, giving engineers their first look at how the craft performs in the air.
11 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The products that NASA develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and for decades the publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.
10 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The next U.S. spacecraft designed to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station also need to act as lifeboats if something goes wrong on the orbiting outpost.
10 June 2014, 11:35 AM ET
The astronauts' molded couches lean against NASA's model shop wall.
09 June 2014, 05:43 PM ET
As Virgin Galactic prepares to carry paying tourists into space, it's also readying another source of flight cash: carrying tech experiments designed for microgravity.
09 June 2014, 03:12 PM ET
NASA had originally planned to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle via balloon on June 3 from Hawaii. But uncooperative winds have caused multiple delays, pushing the launch to June 5, June 7, June 9 and now June 11.
09 June 2014, 12:28 PM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has achieved a social media milestone aboard the International Space Station, beaming the first Vine from orbit.
09 June 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In a mirror universe right now, an alternate Steve Swanson is wearing a space patch bearing the logo of the fictional Klingon Empire.
09 June 2014, 11:54 AM ET
The Faith 7 Mercury Space Capsule is brought on board with Cooper still inside.
09 June 2014, 11:20 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is opening its doors to a lucky person with cash to spare for charity.
09 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The agency's Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) instrument transmitted a new 37-second, 175-megabit video called "Hello, World!" to a ground station in California as the orbiting lab soared 260 miles overhead.
08 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
07 June 2014, 01:23 PM ET
From a spectacular solar eruption to breathtaking images from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 7, 2014.
06 June 2014, 12:42 PM ET
Astronaut Virgil I. Grissom climbs into "Liberty Bell 7" spacecraft the morning of July 21, 1961.
06 June 2014, 10:50 AM ET
Mars colonies and other big spaceflight dreams are possible with reusable rockets and spacecraft, SpaceX chief Elon Musk says. And the company is working to make full and rapid reusability feasible.
06 June 2014, 06:30 AM ET
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., and the Brooklyn, New York-based 3D printing company MakerBot are seeking design ideas for a habitat that could house humans on Mars.
05 June 2014, 03:20 PM ET
Engineers have just installed the largest heat shield ever constructed on NASA's Orion spacecraft — the agency's newest spaceship designed to take astronauts to deep space destinations
05 June 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Humans should go to Mars to explore, and also as a form of insurance in case disaster strikes on Earth, the aerospace company's president, Gwynne Shotwell, told a small crowd here today (June 4) at the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry.
05 June 2014, 11:59 AM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in Space.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in May 2014.
04 June 2014, 04:13 PM ET
Sending astronauts to Mars should be NASA's ultimate goal, but a change in strategy and more funding are vital to make a manned trip to the Red Planet a reality, according to a new National Research Council report.
04 June 2014, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's three-core Falcon Heavy rocket is a mega-booster that would be the largest, most powerful launch vehicle since NASA's Saturn V moon rocket. Here's how SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket works.
04 June 2014, 11:25 AM ET
Deployed from the hovering helicopter, the U.S. Navy frogmen make contact with the astronaut waiting inside.
03 June 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The three aerospace companies competing to build astronaut taxis for NASA have completed the first stage of flight certification under the agency's Commercial Crew Program, officials announced on Friday (May 30).
03 June 2014, 10:44 AM ET
In the new biography, 'Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space,' released June 3 by Simon & Schuster, Lynn Sherr recounts the public, private and secret lives of her friend, the trailblazing astronaut.
03 June 2014, 09:50 AM ET
From Pres. Kennedy’s moon mission choice to how the Shuttle was run, historian Asif Siddiqi reviews political decisions as a background to today’s impediments to spaceflight.
03 June 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA hopes to launch its Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle Thursday (June 5) from a U.S. Navy facility in Kauai, Hawaii. The balloon-aided liftoff was originally scheduled for June 3, but the weather did not cooperate.