Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
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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26 July 2013, 02:01 PM ET
A NASA call for novel ideas on how to tackle its ambitious mission to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon has paid off in spades, with the agency receiving hundreds of proposals from potential partners. NASA has received more than 400 proposals
26 July 2013, 07:34 AM ET
Canada is working on a follow-up project to its successful Canadarm robotic arm series that flew on the space shuttles and space station.
26 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Canada has developed a new version of its famed robotic space arm to give exploration of the final frontier a helping hand. The nation's Next-Generation Canadarm program is designed to support missions in both low-Earth orbit and deep space.
25 July 2013, 09:30 PM ET
An unmanned Russian cargo ship filled with trash and an astronaut treadmill cast off from the International Space Station Thursday (July 25) to make way for a fresh delivery mission launching to the orbiting lab this weekend.
25 July 2013, 05:27 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.
25 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The International Space Station is undergoing an engineering analysis and risk assessment to gauge its ability to keep operating until 2020 and beyond. The in-depth appraisal is being wrapped up for delivery to NASA by the end of September.
24 July 2013, 12:02 PM ET
Two years after climbing out of the last ship to launch him into orbit, Chris Ferguson was back in a spacecraft on July 22. Ferguson, who landed the shuttle program's final mission in 2011, oversees work on Boeing's CST-100 space capsule.
24 July 2013, 10:30 AM ET
NASA tested the parachute system of its new Orion capsule in a drop test at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, on July 24, 2013.
23 July 2013, 02:50 PM ET
NASA has appointed a five-person panel to investigate what went wrong during a July 16 spacewalk that had to be aborted because water began accumulating inside an astronaut's helmet. The team will begin its work on Aug. 2.
23 July 2013, 12:32 PM ET
Thales Alenia Space of Italy has delivered the second of nine pressurized cargo-supply modules for the international space station to Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Wallops Island, VA, facility.
22 July 2013, 01:01 PM ET
Boeing threw open the hatch to its new commercial spacecraft, the CST-100, offering a first look inside its capsule to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. See inside Boeinig's first full-scale CST-100 model.
22 July 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Work on the heat shield for NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle — America's next-generation spacecraft that is expected to transport astronauts on missions beyond low-Earth orbit — is going smoothly.
21 July 2013, 12:35 AM ET
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