Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
22 August 2013, 12:44 PM ET
A new documentary profiles the people who are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice: leaving Earth on a one-way trip to Mars. The film, "One Way Astronaut," tells the story of the Mars One mission to send humans to Mars starting in 2023.
22 August 2013, 09:53 AM ET
When an unidentified flying object floats by the International Space Station, astronauts are going to notice. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy captured a video of an 'unidentified object' near the space station on Aug. 19. See it here.
22 August 2013, 07:48 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts living on the International Space Station are taking their second spacewalk in less than a week today (Aug. 22) and you can watch it online. Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin will spend six hours outside.
20 August 2013, 07:41 PM ET
The "8 Balls" have landed in NASA's center pocket. Eight new astronaut candidates — nicknamed the "8 Balls" — were welcomed to Johnson Space Center in Houston, where they will begin two years of basic training.
19 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
A newly announced contest asks students to propose design concepts for the Inspiration Mars mission, a private effort that aims to launch two astronauts on a close flyby of the Red Planet in January 2018.
19 August 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, which NASA is co-developing with several partners, could give superhuman strength to people on long-duration space missions to an asteroid or Mars, or act as a "resistive device" for exercising, agency officials say.
18 August 2013, 09:00 AM ET
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17 August 2013, 08:08 AM ET
Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin set a new record for the longest Russian spacewalk on Friday (Aug. 16), spending more than seven hours working outside the International Space Station. They primed the station for a new lab.
16 August 2013, 12:30 PM ET
A look (in no particular order) at 10 of the 25 most influential people in space, as chosen recently by a new book from Time Books.
16 August 2013, 12:30 PM ET
Scientists, entrepreneurs and famous thinkers from all over the world are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in space and humanity's understanding of it.
16 August 2013, 11:55 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts worked outside the International Space Station on Aug. 16, 2013. See how cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin did the space work here.
16 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Two cosmonauts will head outside the International Space Station today (Aug. 16) and you can watch it live online. Cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin will spend 6.5 hours outside, beginning at 10:40 a.m. ET.
14 August 2013, 05:40 PM ET
What do a rocket thruster, rocket launch lapel pin and a Wernher von Braun letter have to do with a 2014 Disney movie? That's what "Tomorrowland" director Brad Bird and producer Damon Lindelof posed Saturday (Aug. 10) at Disney's D23 Expo.
14 August 2013, 07:16 AM ET
See fantastic photographs of Earth taken by astronaut Karen Nyberg aboard the International Space Station during Expedition 36/37 in 2013.
14 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The moon may be more of a stumbling block than a stepping stone on humanity's path to Mars. The perceived need to develop lunar infrastructure and resources first could push a manned Red Planet mission far off into the future, NASA's Harley Thronson says.
13 August 2013, 07:00 AM ET
While discussions are underway to extend the lifetime of the $100 billion International Space Station beyond 2020, there is concern about the station's usefulness and price tag, so much so the station may be deorbited at the end of the decade.
11 August 2013, 09:08 AM ET
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06 August 2013, 07:59 PM ET
See mission pictures from the months-long HI-SEAS mock Mars mission to test space food for deep-space exploration in Hawaii. Volunteer scientists spent months training for the three-month excursion in Hawaii.
05 August 2013, 04:34 PM ET
Mars, meet Barbie. A new deep space flying doll from Mattel called the "Mars Explorer Barbie" was released today (Aug. 5), just in time for the one-year anniversary of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's stint on the surface of the Red Planet.
05 August 2013, 12:39 PM ET
NASA and Mattel, the largest toy company in the world, have collaborated to make the Red Planet a tad more pink. "Mars Explorer Barbie," the latest spacesuited edition of the iconic fashion doll, was released to coincide with the 1st anniversary of NASA's
05 August 2013, 10:20 AM ET
For awhile in the 1970s, NASA scientists studied the possibilities of building giant communities in space.
05 August 2013, 08:17 AM ET
Three space colony summer studies were conducted at NASA's Ames Research Center in the 1970s. A number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.
04 August 2013, 12:29 PM ET
Mars One volunteers and organizers met up in Washington, D.C., Saturday (Aug. 3) to discuss plans for a one-way mission to colonize the Red Planet. The project aims to send volunteers to Mars in 2023 to make humanity a two-planet species.
04 August 2013, 11:32 AM ET
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03 August 2013, 03:59 PM ET
See photos of Japan's H-2B rocket with the H-2 Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI 4" (HTV-4), which is poised to launch toward the International Space Station in August 2013. The White Stork cargo ship will launch tons of supplies.
03 August 2013, 03:38 PM ET
Japan has launched Kirobo, the talking space robot, to the International Space Station to test new technology on how robot-human interactions can help astronauts. See how Kirobo launched with 3.5 tons of cargo on Japan's HTV-4 spacecraft.
02 August 2013, 05:16 PM ET
A coterie of aspiring Martians will descend on Washington, D.C. on Saturday (Aug. 3) for the first Million Martian Meeting.
01 August 2013, 04:12 PM ET
Engineers have wrapped up the preliminary design review for NASA's Space Launch System rocket, giving its design, production and ground support plans a stamp of approval. The heavy lifter will blast astronauts toward Mars, asteroids and other destinations
01 August 2013, 11:29 AM ET
NASA has completed the initial internal review of ideas for its ambitious asteroid-capture mission, agency officials announced Wednesday. The review team met Tuesday to gauge the technical and programmatic aspects of various concepts.
30 July 2013, 01:49 PM ET
Fifty-five years ago today, a space agency was born. NASA launched into existence on July 29, 1958, when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act (Pub.L. 85-568) into law. It opened for business on Oct. 1.
30 July 2013, 06:00 AM ET
After close to 50 years in disarray, an iconic piece of restored "Star Trek" memorabilia is about to boldly go on display in its new home. Tomorrow (July 31), Space Center Houston — next door to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas — will unveil
30 July 2013, 06:00 AM ET
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station successfully operated a rover on Earth's surface Friday (July 26), helping lay the foundation for future human-robot partnerships that could push the boundaries of planetary exploration.
29 July 2013, 10:45 PM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano guided a NASA rover through a series of trials last week, operating the Earthbound robot as he orbited several hundred miles above our planet's surface.
29 July 2013, 07:35 PM ET
Russia is injecting outer space into the 2014 Olympics, both literally and figuratively. The host country for the next Winter Games will send an Olympic torch on a spacewalk and embed meteorite chips into a special set of gold medals.
29 July 2013, 01:45 PM ET
A new book celebrates the past and future of human exploration of the cosmos. "New Frontiers of Space" explores the most important people and breakthroughs in space science and spaceflight today.
29 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
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