Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight

Human spaceflight has come a long way over the last 50 years since the launch of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961 during the Vostok 1 mission. SPACE.com looks at just how far spaceflight has come and what's on the horizon.
Read More
NASA Holds Off on Asteroid-Capture Mission Decision Until Early 2015
This artist's illustration depicts NASA's Option B for the Asteroid Redirect Mission, a plan to retrieve a boulder from an asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to study later.
December 17th, 2014
NASA has postponed deciding whether to attempt to capture an entire asteroid, or just a piece of one, by 2025 until at least early 2015. Both options are feasible, a senior NASA official said Wednesday (Dec. 17).
Read More »
How a Rocket Sled Launched 'The Fastest Man Alive'
Holloman High Speed Test Track
December 15th, 2014
It has been 60 years since Col. John P. Stapp sailed down a test track, strapped in tight onboard Sonic Wind Rocket Sled 1.
Read More »
Actor Seth Green Designs Mission Patch for Space Station Science
Seth Green
December 11th, 2014
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the celebrity's roles, but it does include a subtle nod to his personal character.
Read More »
'Journey To Space' to Take Moviegoers on Giant-Screen Trip to Mars
'Journey To Space' Film
December 12th, 2014
Having successfully splashed down after its first spaceflight, NASA's Orion spacecraft is set to launch onto the big screen in a large-format 3D film. 'Journey To Space' tells the true story of what the next chapter of space exploration will bring.
Read More »
NASA's New Space Launch System Mega Rocket Won't Fly Until 2018
Artist's Concept of Space Launch System
December 10th, 2014
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
Read More »
NASA's Orion Spacecraft Reaches Shore After Test Flight Success
NASA's Orion capsule is offloaded from the USS Anchorage on Dec. 8, 2014. The U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion from the Pacific Ocean after its historic first test flight on Dec. 5.
December 10th, 2014
Technicians unloaded the Orion capsule from the USS Anchorage Monday night (Dec. 8) in San Diego, about 600 miles from the spot where the U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday (Dec. 5).
Read More »
New Omega Skywalker X-33 Space Watch Features Astronaut's Invention
Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Watch
December 15th, 2014
A European astronaut's idea for improving the wristwatches worn in space has become the basis for a new version of the timepiece first used on the moon. ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy's clockwork is in Omega's new Speedmaster Skywalker X-33.
Read More »
SpaceX Cargo Ship, Reusable Rocket Test Now Set to Launch on Dec. 19
A close-up of the "hypersonic grid fins" on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, which should help stabilize the booster during its return to Earth after launching on Dec. 19, 2014.
December 12th, 2014
If all goes according to plan, Dragon will blast off atop SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 1:20 p.m. EST (1820 GMT) on Dec. 19 and arrive at the orbiting lab two days later.
Read More »
'Frozen' in Space! Olaf the Snowman Floats in Zero-G (Photos)
Olaf Doll on the International Space Station
December 10th, 2014
It's one giant leap for snowman-kind: Olaf, the goofy snowman from Disney's "Frozen," is aboard the International Space Station.
Read More »