Human Spaceflight Archive
19 July 2014, 07:51 AM ET
On July 19, 1969, the third day of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing mission, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins made their fourth TV broadcast of the flight. This time, from near the moon.
19 July 2014, 07:15 AM ET
The moon is a tough place to explore. It's several days away from Earth. Solar radiation sears the moon's surface. Its gravity is lumpy, and there is no atmosphere to protect astronauts from the elements. See how NASA handled risk during Apollo 11 and oth
18 July 2014, 08:19 PM ET
Naturally occurring pits and tubes, caused by ancient movement of molten rock, could provide safe harbor against meteorites, thermal shock, radiation and dust. This idea has been studied for 3 decades, but LRO images have now found real candidates.
18 July 2014, 03:36 PM ET
Diagrams and NASA artwork show how Apollo astronauts flew to the moon.
18 July 2014, 11:48 AM ET
Astronaut Hank Hartsfield, who commanded space shuttle Discovery's first flight, died on July 17, 2014. He was 80. Hartsfield logged a total of 483 hours in space, circling the Earth 321 times on three space shuttle missions.
18 July 2014, 10:26 AM ET
On the second day of their historic mission to land on the moon for the first time, the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong (commander), Mike Collins (command module pilot) and Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot) received a small gift from Mission Control.
17 July 2014, 06:12 PM ET
Following a flawless launch the day before, the Apollo 11 crew continued their historic journey to the moon on July 17, 1969. Landing at the Sea of Tranquility was scheduled for July 20.
17 July 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Filmmaker Rod Pyle compiles footage from July of 1969 in commemoration of the mission that put the first bootprints on the moon. The title is taken from President John F. Kennedy's so-called "moon speech" of 12 September 1962.
17 July 2014, 10:12 AM ET
General Electric is taking a 'small step' into sneaker design to commemorate the role — or rather, sole — it had in making mankind's first 'giant leap' on the moon. The company will offer its moon boot-inspired sneakers 45 years to the day after the firs
17 July 2014, 09:46 AM ET
The first moon landing, 45 years ago on Sunday (July 20), didn't just define a decade, it set a new chapter in human history. That Apollo 11 moon landing, and the U.S.-Soviet Union Space Race that led up to it, star in CNN's 'The Sixties' tonight July 17.
17 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Experts told a Senate hearing Wednesday that key American national-security space missions could be delayed by four to six years if Russia decides to cut off its supply of RD-180 rocket engines.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
Commander Neil Armstrong, command module pilot Mike Collins and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin blasted into space 45 years ago today (July 16) on Apollo 11's history-making mission to the moon.
16 July 2014, 01:53 PM ET
NASA's historic launch of the Apollo 11 moon landing mission 45 years ago today changed the face of humanity, and nowhere does that resonate more than with astronauts living on the International Space Station.
16 July 2014, 01:30 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, a simple pen played a critical, if unexpected role in the safe return to Earth of the first astronauts to land on the moon. Now there are new pens to mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.
16 July 2014, 12:13 PM ET
For centuries before Apollo 11 landed on the moon, the idea of going there stirred people's imaginations. See the 350-year history of moon exploration in this Space.com infographic.
16 July 2014, 11:30 AM ET
A commercial Cygnus spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences Corporation arrived at the International Space Station on Wednesday, July 16, to deliver 1.5 tons of supplies for astronauts aboard.
16 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
ISS astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman praise the Apollo program for leading the way to today's and future space programs.
16 July 2014, 06:00 AM ET
July 20, 2014 will mark the 45th anniversary of the first moonwalk. NASA has planned a slew of events to reflect on the historic landing and look ahead to the future of space exploration.
15 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
For a German astronaut living in space, his home country's epic World Cup victory this week was quite literally out-of-this-world.
14 July 2014, 01:37 PM ET
After a successful mission, Cooper is assisted from his mercury capsule.
14 July 2014, 07:10 AM ET
Astronaut Janice Voss never flew to the International Space Station, but her name is making the trip on a commercial ship christened in her memory. Orbital Sciences launched the SS Janice Voss from a pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
14 July 2014, 06:27 AM ET
It has been more than four decades since the first men landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Test your memory of the moon landing with this quiz.
14 July 2014, 06:01 AM ET
On Monday, Aldrin will participate in a live Google Hangout with Space.com, discussing the upcoming 45 th anniversary of his historic Apollo 11 moon mission, the future of lunar exploration and other topics.
13 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Packed with astronaut food, science experiments and a flock of tiny satellites, a private spaceship made by Orbital Sciences Corp. launched from Virginia's Eastern Shore today (July 13) on a mission to the International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 06:30 AM ET
A robotic spacecraft built by the private company Orbital Sciences is set to launch from the Eastern Shore of Virginia Sunday (July 13) on a mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the astronauts living aboard International Space Station.
13 July 2014, 06:07 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
11 July 2014, 09:41 PM ET
From flaming rocket debris to a typhoon's eye, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 11, 2014.
11 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Plans that have been announced in recent years for crewed space flights to the moon.
11 July 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Do you want to know what it's like to walk on the moon? On Monday (July 14), find out what it's like to bounce on the lunar surface from someone who has actually been there: Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin.
11 July 2014, 10:58 AM ET
With storm clouds still lingering over the foggy Eastern Shore of Virginia today (July 11), the private spaceflight company Orbital Sciences Corp. again postponed the launch of its second unmanned mission to the International Space Station.
09 July 2014, 04:13 PM ET
As a storm in the Pacific Ocean grew to a super typhoon and was downgraded again to a typhoon, watchful astronauts on the International Space Station kept people apprised of its progress through social media.
08 July 2014, 07:22 AM ET
Buzz Aldrin — the second man to set foot on the moon — wants to hear your stories about the first manned moon landing in honor of the historic event's 45th anniversary this month.