Human Spaceflight Archive
27 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronauts may be able to walk on the moon faster than previously thought, a new study reports. These new findings could help scientists design better spacesuits that could aid astronauts' exploration of the moon, Mars or asteroids.
26 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
Engineers have integrated the two stages of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket that will launch NASA's Orion capsule on a highly anticipated unmanned mission known as Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December.
26 September 2014, 07:44 AM ET
What do astronauts, a towel and a paranoid android have in common? The answer is 42. The International Space Station's Expedition 42 crew has featured the link between their numerical designation and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on a poster and
25 September 2014, 11:10 PM ET
Three new members of the International Space Station's Expedition 41 crew launched into orbit on Sept. 25, 2014 (Eastern Time). See photos of their launch and arrival at the orbiting laboratory.
25 September 2014, 10:53 PM ET
A Russian-built Soyuz space capsule carrying a crew of three reached the International Space Station late Thursday (Sept. 25), despite a stuck solar array that failed to deploy just after its launch six hours earlier.
25 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Waypoint 2 Space, a Houston-based company that trains people for commercial spaceflight, has launched a Kickstarter campaign to build a spacewalk simulator called the Modular EVA Training System (METS).
25 September 2014, 06:09 PM ET
Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova and NASA's Barry Wilmore launched to the ISS on September 25th, 2014. (Sept. 26th, Kazakh time). They launched aboard a Russian Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft.
25 September 2014, 04:30 PM ET
NASA will provide live video coverage of the docking today (Sept. 25) of a new crew to the International Space Station and you can watch the action live beginning at 9:45 p.m. EDT (1930 GMT). Here's how to watch live.
25 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
Astronauts paid a virtual visit to former President Bill Clinton today from the International Space Station, sharing their perspectives on Earth from orbit.
25 September 2014, 07:24 AM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft will launch a new U.S.-Russian crew on a swift six-hour flight to the International Space Station today (Sept. 25), and you can watch the action in space live online.
24 September 2014, 12:12 PM ET
Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy, who led the first expedition onboard Russia's final Salyut space station, died Sept. 20. He was 72. Chosen to train as a cosmonaut in April 1970, his only space flight was to the Salyut 7 orbiting outpost.
23 September 2014, 06:23 PM ET
Fans of the renowned American author Ray Bradbury take note: The writer's personal collection of sci-fi memorabilia and art is now up for sale online.
23 September 2014, 07:10 AM ET
A private Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX arrived at the International Space Station this morning (Sept. 23) to deliver more than 5,000 lbs. of astronaut supplies and experiments for NASA.
21 September 2014, 11:12 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
20 September 2014, 03:00 AM ET
Thick clouds and rain forced the private spaceflight company SpaceX to postpone the planned launch of an unmanned Dragon cargo ship for NASA on Saturday (Sept. 20). The mission will now launch to the International Space Station on Sunday, Sept. 21.
19 September 2014, 12:44 PM ET
The first-ever item to be 3D printed in space is being kept a well-guarded secret. The first 3D printer designed to operate in zero-g is set to launch to the space station to learn if 3D printing is viable in orbit. But what will it print first?
19 September 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Dragon will lift off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket at 2:16 a.m. EDT Saturday from Florida. Dragon will fly nearly parallel to the U.S. East Coast, so the launch should be visible in varying degrees along much of the Eastern Seaboard.
18 September 2014, 03:29 PM ET
SpaceX is due to bring some strange things to the space station this weekend: the first 3D printer to leave the plant, a batch of mutant fruit flies, a wind-watching radar, 20 mice and a mouse X-ray machine.
18 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
For the second time this year, a NASA jet used to ferry the space shuttles across the country has been put on public display. The youngest modified-Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft was towed to the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark in California.
17 September 2014, 04:00 PM ET
NASA astronauts should be able to hitch a ride to space aboard space taxis built by private two companies in the next three years, and reactions are strong.
17 September 2014, 03:44 PM ET
United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the private spaceflight company Blue Origin are going to fund the development of Blue Origin's new BE-4 liquid rocket engine, representatives with both companies revealed today (Sept. 17).
17 September 2014, 09:31 AM ET
The CST-100 spacecraft will be put through test flights and eventually fly crewed operational missions to the International Space Station. Boeing's contract with NASA is in its final phase of certification.
17 September 2014, 07:47 AM ET
Tapping SpaceX and Boeing to fly American astronauts to and from the International Space Station should free NASA up to work on sending people to Mars, agency officials say.
17 September 2014, 12:05 AM ET
The Wide Field Imager (WFI) on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile captured this space wallpaper of dark cloud Lupus 4 blotting out background stars.
16 September 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The space agency has been working with industry partners to develop a crew transport systems since 2010. The work from the past 4 years are highlighted.
16 September 2014, 04:09 PM ET
NASA has tapped the private spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to build and test commercial spacecraft for ferrying American astronauts to and from the International Space Station.
16 September 2014, 02:20 PM ET
Who will be responsible for flying Americans to the International Space Station by 2017? Today, NASA could announce which private spaceflight company (or companies) officials have selected to move ahead toward developing an astronaut taxi service.
16 September 2014, 10:47 AM ET
NASA's new 'Flight Operations' emblem has a long history dating back decades. As now displayed in Mission Control, NASA's 'Flight Operations' logo succeeds the prior 'Mission Operation' insignia.
16 September 2014, 10:28 AM ET
NASA is expected to make a huge human spaceflight announcement today during a news briefing, and you can watch it live online.
16 September 2014, 07:04 AM ET
Look out, astronauts – your companion robot on the International Space Station is mobile! NASA's Robonaut 2 has received a new set of legs to allow it to do repairs both inside and outside the station, eventually.
16 September 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The crew of NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 19 lived in the Aquarius lab, which is located 62 feet (18 meters) beneath the waves just off the coast of Key Largo, Florida. Their week-long mission wrapped up Sunday (Sept. 14).
15 September 2014, 02:59 PM ET
Andy Sullivan won a free ride aboard XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane after acing the par-3 15th hole Sunday (Sept. 14) during the final round of the KLM Open in the Netherlands.
15 September 2014, 12:04 PM ET
An astronaut-led, private spaceflight training group, has launched a crowd-funded contest to redefine the 'right stuff' by awarding trips to space in return for the impact those who go can make to the world.
15 September 2014, 11:46 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX is planning to launch their fourth official unmanned resupply mission to the International Space Station this week.
15 September 2014, 10:15 AM ET
NASA officials unveiled a huge new tool that will help them build the space agency's next mega rocket.
15 September 2014, 06:00 AM ET
SpaceX continues to make strides with its entry in NASA's commercial crew competition, a seven-passenger capsule called Dragon. The company is planning two big tests of Dragon's launch-abort system, one in November and the other in January.