Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
18 March 2015, 05:08 PM ET
Virgin Galactic opened its latest commercial spaceflight facility this month to build a new rocket capable of launching small satellites into orbit.
18 March 2015, 03:50 PM ET
An Antarctic crew plans to simulate spaceflight during the long, cold winter to better understand how humans adapt to space.
18 March 2015, 12:45 PM ET
It lasted just 12 minutes and 9 seconds, but the first spacewalk — 50 years ago — took the first steps towards shaping the future of space exploration. Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to leave his craft.
18 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Sierra Nevada Corp. today (March 17) unveiled the autonomous cargo version of its Dream Chaser space plane, which the company hopes NASA chooses to fly the next round of cargo missions to the orbiting lab.
17 March 2015, 10:00 PM ET
For about 50 years, humanity has sent orbiters, probes and landers to the Red Planet. Here's a look at all of the missions to Mars to date, both the successes and the failures.
17 March 2015, 05:49 PM ET
A new documentary is launching audiences on a 'Journey to Space.' Narrated by actor Patrick Stewart, the giant-screen 3D film is showcasing NASA's future spaceflight plans at visitor centers and space museums, with more venues to be added throughout 2015.
17 March 2015, 08:21 AM ET
NASA astronaut Ron Garan spent nearly 200 days in space, and now, he's written a book about his experiences.
16 March 2015, 04:52 PM ET
Titania, an airless moon of Uranus, is cold and its day is 84 years long. See what it would be like for astronauts on Titania in this infographic.
16 March 2015, 03:43 PM ET
China is reporting new progress in shaking out procedures required for rocketing back to Earth samples from the Moon.
16 March 2015, 03:31 PM ET
Three Expedition 42 crew members will fly aboard a Soyuz TMA-15M rocket scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station
16 March 2015, 01:55 PM ET
NASA captured some amazing photos of three International Space Station crewmembers returning to Earth after a 167-day space mission.
16 March 2015, 08:10 AM ET
Representatives with XCOR Aerospace — the company responsible for developing the Lynx space plane — announced today (March 16) that John "Jay" Gibson will head up the commercial spaceflight company.
14 March 2015, 12:32 PM ET
From a monster solar flare to a spectacular night launch, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for March 15, 2015.
13 March 2015, 05:48 PM ET
It took 200 astronauts 13 years to complete the International Space Station (ISS). Now, 4,500 people may be able to do the same in less than 50 days — sort of. A fan-designed LEGO version of the station has passed the halfway mark to being reviewed for sa
12 March 2015, 12:50 PM ET
Lockheed hopes the system — which features a space tug known as Jupiter and a supply module called Exoliner — wins a NASA contract for the next round of cargo missions to the space station. But the company's ambitions extend beyond Earth orbit.
11 March 2015, 11:40 PM ET
Three crewmembers are safely back on Earth after a six-month mission on the International Space Station.
11 March 2015, 06:50 PM ET
Three International Space Station crewmembers — including one NASA astronaut — are on their way back to Earth today (March 11) after a nearly six-month stint aboard the orbiting outpost.
11 March 2015, 12:33 PM ET
The world's largest solid rocket motor roared to life in Utah, but rather than lifting off the ground, the booster, laying on its side, was restrained in place as data was collected to qualify it for NASA's Space Launch System.
11 March 2015, 11:00 AM ET
NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, represents the most powerful rocket ever built. The rocket's booster fired in a test on March 11, 2015, in Utah.
11 March 2015, 07:03 AM ET
NASA will test-fire the booster of its Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket today at 11:30 a.m. EDT, and three astronauts will return to Earth from the International Space Station in the evening. Watch all the action live here at
11 March 2015, 04:00 AM ET
A look at some of the records people have set during spaceflight.
10 March 2015, 03:10 PM ET
Sarah Brightman will be 'chasing dreams' and 'shaping futures' when she launches on a self-funded trip to the International Space Station in September, the soprano said as she revealed her personal mission patch at a press conference in London.
10 March 2015, 12:13 PM ET
Lawmakers in New Mexico are considering a bill to sell Spaceport America, a commercial space launch site that will be the home port for Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spaceliner flights.
10 March 2015, 11:45 AM ET
'Houston, we've had a problem.' That's among the hundred-plus NASA audio files from historic spaceflights, current missions and even sounds of the future, sounds that you can easily download to your phone.
10 March 2015, 08:30 AM ET
If a robot plunges into the ocean of an icy moon, perhaps near Saturn or Jupiter, its main problem will be figuring out what to do next. Even at light speed, it takes hours for communications to pass back and forth to Earth.
10 March 2015, 08:00 AM ET
When the world's largest solid rocket motor is ignited in Utah, it won't leave the ground, but it will fire with components that have a long spaceflight history.
09 March 2015, 11:00 PM ET
Apollo 9 lunar module pilot Rusty Schweickart had just exited his vehicle when command module pilot Dave Scott told him to hang on. Schweickart got five minutes of peace and introspection while Scott tried to fix a jammed camera.
09 March 2015, 05:33 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station are about a third of the way through filming scenes for a new IMAX documentary to be released in late spring 2016, the film's director revealed in a new interview.
03 March 2015, 03:11 PM ET
When U.S. astronauts next launch to space from Florida, the control team that oversees their liftoff may celebrate with the traditional crock of beans. If so, they'll be honoring the legacy of test director Norm Carlson, too.
03 March 2015, 11:24 AM ET
Our civilization—and presumably any civilization with a technological capacity at least as advanced as ours—runs on energy and raw materials.
02 March 2015, 05:19 PM ET
F. Curt Michel, an astrophysicist who was among NASA's first scientist-astronauts but who resigned after it became clear he would not fly to the moon, died Feb. 23, 2015. He was 80.
02 March 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Russia says it will support U.S. plans to keep the International Space Station operating through 2024, but then wants to split off three still-to-be launched modules to form a new orbital outpost.
01 March 2015, 02:46 PM ET
The International Space Station is now three steps, or rather spacewalks, closer to being ready for the arrival of new U.S. commercial crewed spacecraft with the completion of a trio of two-astronaut excursions.
26 February 2015, 01:38 PM ET
Going to Mars without setting up a colony — round-trip manned missions, in other words — would not be enough for the U.S. to reclaim its leadership in space, nor would setting up human outposts on the moon, Aldrin said.
26 February 2015, 08:08 AM ET
With an eye towards the future, NASA has marked the first 50 years of its two rocket-moving crawler-transporters by taking one of the newly-upgraded massive machines out for a test drive to the launch pad.
26 February 2015, 08:00 AM ET
Soviet-era cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev, who trained to fly to the moon but instead led the first multi-national space station crew, died on Feb. 21. He was 83. Gubarev logged 37 days in orbit during the Soyuz 17 and Soyuz 28 missions.