Human Spaceflight Archive
24 May 2015, 09:01 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane launched on another mystery mission, Russia's Proton rocket failed during a satellite launch and astronomers found the most luminous galaxy in the universe. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
23 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
From the launch of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane to new views of the odd bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 23, 2015.
22 May 2015, 10:34 AM ET
A manned mission to Pluto may be far out, but it's not impossible.
21 May 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
21 May 2015, 09:19 AM ET
In situations where sunlight is not available, like shadowed craters, its been a challenge to supply power to spacecrafts, landers and rovers. The space agency is looking into nuclear systems as an alternative.
20 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration.
20 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.
19 May 2015, 11:18 AM ET
The U.S. Defense Department is suggesting that the May 2013 launch of a Chinese rocket that it branded at the time as suspicious was a test of a technology designed to counter or destroy satellites in geosynchronous orbit.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
18 May 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Three boulders balancing like ballerinas have been spotted on the surface of a comet by the Rosetta spacecraft. Only a small area on the surface of each rock is touching the ground, similar to "balancing rocks" seen on Earth.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Boeing has begun testing components of the CST-100 crew capsule's 'pusher abort system' at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
17 May 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A Russian cargo craft may have failed due to a problem with the rocket that launched it into space, and an astronaut explains how to "go" in space. Here are Space.com's top stories of the week.
17 May 2015, 09:17 AM ET
From the coast of Japan to a dragon selfie, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for May 17, 2015.
15 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
If you've been a fan of NASA's website for more than a decade, you can thank an unlikely space geek: actor Tom Cruise.
15 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.
15 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," by tech journalist Ashlee Vance, will be released on May 19. But you can get a sneak peak at the book now, via a lengthy excerpt published Thursday (May 14) on Bloomberg.com.
14 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Progress 59 freighter's issues stemmed from a too-early separation of the Soyuz's third stage, officials with Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, announced Tuesday (May 12).
14 May 2015, 01:54 PM ET
A dense cloud of gas that astronomers are calling a 'cosmic dinosaur egg' appears to be on the cusp of birthing millions of stars. This may be the youngest example of an object called a globular cluster.
14 May 2015, 12:47 PM ET
See amazing images of the night sky and cosmos in SPACE.com's gallery of cosmic images posted in April 2015.
14 May 2015, 07:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says he's settling into his epic yearlong mission to the International Space Station, thanks in small part to the 'ISSPresso' coffee machine that arrived at the orbiting lab last month.
13 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Brightman was scheduled to launch Sept. 1 on a self-funded 10-day mission to the orbiting lab aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But Brightman announced today (May 13) that she won't be making the trip to orbit.
13 May 2015, 11:35 AM ET
The astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission placed second on "Celebrity Jeopardy!," finishing behind an NFL football player. "Jeopardy made flying a rocket look easy!" said Mark Kelly.
13 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dozens of students from 14 countries around the world came together recently to map out a manned mission to a captured asteroid in lunar orbit — a project very much like one NASA hopes to achieve by 2025.
12 May 2015, 04:07 PM ET
NASA and its international partners have delayed the landing of Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti until early June after learning new details about the recent crash of Russia's robotic Progress 59 cargo spaceship.
12 May 2015, 11:42 AM ET
A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center.
12 May 2015, 11:17 AM ET
The company that put the 'cup' in the first space cup of coffee now wants to put one in your hands. IRPI, the makers of the 'Space Cups' now used on the International Space Station, launched a crowdfunding campaign to produce the capillary-flow containers
12 May 2015, 07:25 AM ET
Aspiring astronauts got a glimpse of spaceflyers' snack options when Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti showed off the International Space Station's pantry in a video uploaded by the European Space Agency on April 21.
11 May 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and astronaut-selection chief Norbert Kraft dispute allegations by a former astronaut candidate that the colonization effort judges its applicants unfairly and is unable to finance itself.
11 May 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For years, tiny payloads have been launched into Earth orbit on satellites smaller than a loaf of bread.
10 May 2015, 09:05 AM ET
Russia's failed Progress 59 cargo spacecraft fell back to Earth, SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule launched on its first big test and the sun fired off its most powerful flare of 2015 so far. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
09 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
08 May 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Andy Weir, author of the acclaimed novel 'The Martian,' stopped by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston recently and took the new Modular Robotic Vehicle for a test ride. See the photos here.
08 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An incremental, multiple-mission approach — which envisions getting astronauts to Phobos by 2033, then down to the Martian surface by 2039 — could make manned Mars exploration technologically and economically feasible.
08 May 2015, 02:08 AM ET
The unmanned Progress 59 freighter burned up at 10:04 p.m. EDT Thursday (May 7; 0204 GMT May 8) over the central Pacific Ocean, officials with the Russian space agency, known as Roscosmos, said in a statement.
07 May 2015, 04:19 PM ET
To prepare for future colonies on Mars, NASA is asking the public for ideas on how to keep Red Planet astronauts safe with minimal resupplies from Earth.
06 May 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Russia's doomed Progress 59 cargo ship is headed for a fiery fate in Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, but when and where it will fall is still uncertain. See the latest.