Human Spaceflight Archive
24 July 2014, 01:18 PM ET
It's commonplace to practice spacewalks underwater, but the latest crew living in an underwater lab plans to introduce a twist: a 10-minute communications delay with mission control.
24 July 2014, 08:20 AM ET
NASA's Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth as heroes at the end of their successful manned moon landing mission. See how Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and returned to the United States.
24 July 2014, 08:00 AM ET
"One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." That sentence, uttered by NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong from the surface of the moon 45 years ago, signaled the dawn of a new age.
24 July 2014, 07:22 AM ET
While the Apollo 11 landing was on the cutting-edge of technology in 1969, today it's a demonstration of how much could be accomplished with so little.
23 July 2014, 05:59 PM ET
Russia launched a robotic ship on an express delivery run to the International Space Station today (July 23) to bring fresh supplies to the crewmembers on the orbiting outpost.
23 July 2014, 04:31 PM ET
As fighting continues in Israel and Gaza, astronauts living aboard the International Space Station can see signs of the deadly conflict from space.
23 July 2014, 12:34 PM ET
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collin, the two surviving Apollo 11 astronauts, to the White House yesterday (July 22) to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing.
23 July 2014, 07:41 AM ET
Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins spent their last full day in space before landing gearing up for their Earth return. See how here.
23 July 2014, 07:24 AM ET
In the four decades since Apollo, no humans have landed on the moon. While NASA has no concrete plans to send astronauts back, other nations are talking about going there.
23 July 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Scientists have found hundreds of small pits on the lunar surface that could provide shelter to astronauts exploring the moon. Some of the pits, which are primarily located inside larger craters on the moon, are nearly 3,000 feet wide.
22 July 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Papers from the National Archives record the words President Nixon would have spoken had the Apollo 11 astronauts been unable to return to Earth.
22 July 2014, 11:41 AM ET
Engineers inspect a boilerplate Mercury capsule.
22 July 2014, 07:47 AM ET
On July 22, 1969, the three men on NASA's Apollo 11 mission were in the homestretch of their historic moon voyage. See how they fired the engines on their spacecraft.
22 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The second Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation mission, known as Hi-SEAS 2, wraps up on Friday (July 25), ending four months of simulated Red Planet exploration on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano.
21 July 2014, 05:05 PM ET
Actor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday.
21 July 2014, 04:09 PM ET
NASA honored the memory of Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong Monday (July 21), naming the Operations and Checkout building at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida after the first man on the moon.
21 July 2014, 03:40 PM ET
NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing was a human spaceflight feat, but also a dangerous journey. See some of the scariest moments of first manned moon landing as described by space historian and science writer Rod Pyle, author of 'Destination Moon.'
21 July 2014, 03:07 PM ET
What does the site of the first moon-landing look like 45 years later? A NASA probe orbiting the moon has recently beamed back new images of what Apollo 11's Tranquility Base looks like now.
21 July 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Astronaut Kathy Sullivan poses for a picture with her space suit.
21 July 2014, 08:40 AM ET
When U.S. astronauts make the next 'giant leap' launching to Mars, they will bring with them a memento from the first moon landing 45 years ago. NASA is presenting Kennedy Space Center with a mission patch flown on Apollo 11 for the first Mars crew.
21 July 2014, 07:17 AM ET
After 21.5 hours on the moon, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin blasted off from the lunar surface on July 21, 1969 to rejoin their crewmate Michael Collins in orbit.
21 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
What does the future of moon exploration look like? Will it be lunar colonies and manned moon bases, or a desolate lunar surface devoid of human life? National and private efforts hold the key.
20 July 2014, 11:18 AM ET
The Slooh Community Observatory and NASA will broadcast two free webcasts to mark the Apollo 11 moon landing's 45th anniversary tonight (July 20). Slooh will webcast live views of the moon at 8:30 pm ET/0030 GMT. NASA will stream moonwalk video later.
20 July 2014, 09:01 AM ET
Space.com was founded on July 20, 1999 on the 30th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing. Here, managing editor Tariq Malik recounts the last 15 years of Space.com, and the wonder of it all.
20 July 2014, 08:31 AM ET
The 45th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing is today (July 20) and just might have space fans round the world wondering what it would be like to walk on the moon. The Girl Scouts of America, it turns out, has gone even farther.
20 July 2014, 07:25 AM ET
It was the main event: On July 20, 1969, NASA's Apollo 11 crew touched their Eagle lander down on the lunar surface. Here's how Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins did it.
20 July 2014, 07:01 AM ET
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong clambered down the ladder of the Apollo 11 lunar lander and pressed his boot into the moon's gray dirt — a simple step that stands as perhaps the most memorable moment in all of human history.
20 July 2014, 12:57 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
19 July 2014, 12:31 PM ET
From a cosmic rubber ducky to an experimental space plane, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 19, 2014.
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.