Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
23 April 2014, 06:41 AM ET
In order for humanity to survive into the distant future, we need to visit and even colonize other worlds, according to NASA chief Charles Bolden.
22 April 2014, 04:47 PM ET
See photos of SpaceX's innovative F9R, the Falcon 9 Reusable rocket prototype, as it soars through test flights. The SpaceX F9R rocket is a Falcon 9 booster first stage equipped with landing legs and a vertical landing system.
22 April 2014, 12:21 PM ET
Long before the first Instagram from space, the first check-in from orbit, or even the first astronaut's tweet, John Glenn sent an email to President Bill Clinton. The reply it prompted was the very first email transmitted by a sitting U.S. president — it
22 April 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Sending astronauts to the surface of Mars has been a longtime goal for NASA and other space exploration agencies. That Martian goal takes center stage in a Washington, D.C. conference, and you can watch it live online.
22 April 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Houston has landed a new partner in its bid to establish its own spaceport in the form of a private spaceflight company that may someday land its mini space shuttle in the city.
21 April 2014, 05:30 PM ET
NASA is developing a new spacecraft to take mankind to deep space, and high school students will have an important role in designing it.
21 April 2014, 11:14 AM ET
Were it not for John C. Houbolt, the United States might never have landed men on the moon. The engineer, who died at the age of 95, sold the nation's space program leaders on an alternate flight plan, called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous (LOR).
20 April 2014, 10:18 AM ET
A commercial Dragon cargo ship built by SpaceX made an Easter delivery to the International Space Station Sunday (April 20) to deliver tons of gear, supplies and even some treats for the astronauts on board.
15 April 2014, 12:33 PM ET
The Tax Man cometh for Americans today (April 15), and not even astronauts in space can escape their earthly annual taxes. It's a safe bet American astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Steve Swanson on the International Space Station took care of their taxes.
15 April 2014, 11:13 AM ET
One of NASA's most historic launch pads is now under new management. Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is now under the control of SpaceX, the company led by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. Primary Section: spaceflight
14 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
It's an audacious plan, the odds of success are low, but SpaceX is going to do it anyway: The private spaceflight company founded by billionaire Elon Musk will launch a rocket with landing legs into orbit today, then try to bring part of it back to Earth.
13 April 2014, 07:02 PM ET
Astronauts longing for fresh lettuce in orbit will soon have the chance to grow it for themselves: NASA is sending a mini-farm into space. The next SpaceX Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station will deliver the Veggie experimental farm.
13 April 2014, 01:31 PM ET
NASA on Sunday (April 13) decided to forge ahead with the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station despite a computer outage in orbit.
13 April 2014, 12:13 AM ET
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12 April 2014, 01:43 PM ET
A backup computer outage on the International Space Station is forcing NASA to discuss plans for a possible spacewalk repair by astronauts in orbit, a move that could delay the planned Monday launch of a commercial SpaceX cargo ship to the orbiting lab.
12 April 2014, 08:43 AM ET
Each year, we at Space.com pause to reflect on both April 12 space anniversaries, and space fans around the world do the same with Yuri's Night, a global celebration of human spaceflight.
12 April 2014, 07:38 AM ET
SpaceX's third Dragon cargo mission is packed with 5,000 lbs. of vital supplies, including some intriguing technology and science experiments. See some of the best experiments riding the Dragon in this Space.com infographic.
12 April 2014, 07:11 AM ET
NASA is studying a glitch with a backup computer on the International Space Station, an issue that could potentially force astronauts to perform a spacewalk repair and delay the planned Monday launch of a SpaceX cargo ship.
10 April 2014, 03:52 PM ET
Branson wants to find Shihan Musafer, a child who called in to ask him the following question on the BBC TV show "Going Live!" back in 1988: "Have you ever thought about going into space?"
10 April 2014, 12:49 PM ET
Apollo 13 memorabilia belonging to the late astronaut Jack Swigert is auction-bound, 44 years after a last-minute change landed him aboard the ill-fated flight. The mementos are being put up for sale by Swigert's family.
09 April 2014, 12:51 PM ET
A former Navy test pilot, Binnie had most recently worked for Scaled Composites, overseeing flight tests of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. He will now help another suborbital space plane, XCOR's Lynx, get off the ground.
08 April 2014, 12:48 PM ET
An American spacecraft that spent decades under the ocean will soon ship overseas for an exhibit that explores the 'space between art and science.' Liberty Bell 7 will leave the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center to be displayed in Germany.
08 April 2014, 12:00 PM ET
A private spaceflight company will launch its third robotic resupply mission to the International Space Station next week.
08 April 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Scientists have begun realizing that spaceflight can cause serious and perhaps permanent vision problems in astronauts. NASA is working hard to understand the issue, which could present a major hurdle to mounting manned missions to Mars.
07 April 2014, 03:14 PM ET
NASA should set up a clear set of ethical rules regarding the health of astronauts on long-duration spaceflights — such as a trip to Mars — in the near future, according to a panel of health and ethics experts.
06 April 2014, 11:15 AM ET
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02 April 2014, 06:42 AM ET
Tiny space rocks called "minimoons" already cruise near Earth and would make interesting targets for manned exploration, advocates say.
01 April 2014, 10:18 AM ET
Calling all space cadets: Earthwatch wants volunteers to help search for life on Mars in what has to be the most entertaining April Fools' joke you'll see this year.
31 March 2014, 03:05 PM ET
You could call it one small step for a ship, one giant leap for oceanographic research. The Navy named the first of a new class of research vessels after the first man to walk on the moon, astronaut Neil Armstrong, at a ceremony in Anacortes, Wash.
31 March 2014, 11:03 AM ET
Scott Kelly has just one year left on Earth. An experienced NASA astronaut and half of the first pair of twins to fly into space, Kelly will leave the planet in 2015 to become the first U.S. astronaut to log a year in space.
30 March 2014, 01:45 PM ET
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28 March 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Forty-five years ago this July, astronaut Buzz Aldrin stepped on to the lunar surface and in addition to becoming the second man to walk on the moon, was the first to wear a watch there. Omega is honoring the historic occasion with a timepiece.
27 March 2014, 08:00 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev docked with the orbiting lab at 7:53 p.m. EDT Thursday after a two-day delay in orbit.
27 March 2014, 11:18 AM ET
SpaceX's launch of a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station has been delayed from Sunday after a critical U.S. Air Force rocket tracking radar was knocked offline, officials said late Wednesday (March 26).
27 March 2014, 06:54 AM ET
The space agency is asking the public to select the "cover layer" for its prototype Z-2 spacesuit, which officials say should be fully constructed by November. You can vote for one of three options through April 15.
26 March 2014, 12:06 PM ET
Three astronauts currently in orbit aboard a Russian-built Soyuz spacecraft are set to arrive at the International Space Station on Thursday (March 27) after a snag caused a docking delay.