Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
11 March 2014, 10:58 AM ET
SpaceX fired up the nine-engine first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket Saturday in a major preflight rehearsal before the March 16 launch of nearly 5,000 pounds of experiments and supplies to the International Space Station.
11 March 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station are going to beam into homes around the world during a live TV event this week.
10 March 2014, 11:28 PM ET
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy touched down on the steppes of Kazakhstan at 11:24 p.m. EDT Monday, about 3 1/2 hours after leaving the International Space Station.
10 March 2014, 08:27 PM ET
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy left the station in a Soyuz spacecraft at 8:02 p.m. EDT Monday (March 10; 0002 GMT on March 11), wrapping up a 166-day orbital stint.
10 March 2014, 05:29 PM ET
See photos from the March 10, 2014 landing of the a Russian Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazanskiy to wrap up a 166-day space mission.
10 March 2014, 05:04 PM ET
Final preparations are now underway for the launch of SpaceX's third Dragon cargo flight to the International Space Station, including the reveal of the company's official patch for the NASA-contracted Commercial Resupply Services 3 (CRS-3/SpX-3) mission.
10 March 2014, 04:34 PM ET
Officials are concerned about wintry conditions on the steppes of Kazakhstan, where the Soyuz is slated to touch down about three hours later. Indeed, the landing team commission began meeting today at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) to discuss the situation.
10 March 2014, 11:58 AM ET
An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts will return to Earth tonight aboard a Soyuz space capsule tonight (March 10) after more than five months in orbit, and you can watch their landing live online.
10 March 2014, 08:28 AM ET
The International Space Station has its first Japanese commander, Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. 'I am humbled to assume command of the space station,' Wakata said during a ceremony on board the orbiting outpost.
10 March 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Researchers are developing flat, blanket-size landers that could be delivered en masse to worlds such as Mars or Jupiter's moon Europa. The approach could enable NASA to mount missions to places previously deemed too risky to explore, researchers say.
08 March 2014, 04:16 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 March 2014, 09:31 AM ET
See NASA's schedule of events and exhibits at the annual SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in this announcement from the space agency. Let
07 March 2014, 05:32 PM ET
One of four business jets converted to train NASA astronauts to land the space shuttle is on final approach to the Alabama home of Space Camp, pending the result of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center's first crowd-funding campaign.
07 March 2014, 04:02 PM ET
Scott and Mark Kelly, the only set of astronaut twins, are set to become test subjects in an unprecedented NASA investigation into how weightlessness impacts the human body.
07 March 2014, 10:29 AM ET
NASA's historic jumbo jet that ferried retired space shuttles piggyback to their museums is being prepared for its own lift to where it'll be put on public display. The Shuttle Carrier Aircraft is being readied for its final move.
06 March 2014, 02:46 PM ET
The Winklevoss twins launched into the headlines Wednesday (March 5) by announcing their plan to ride a Virgin Galactic space plane (and paying with Bitcoins, no less), but they aren't the first set of identical twins to fly in space.
05 March 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Rocky Russian relations could leave U.S. astronauts without rides to the International Space Station. For now, the U.S.-Russian space partnership is insulated from the political whirlwind generated by Russia's decision to move troops into Crimea.
04 March 2014, 04:50 PM ET
Tensions between the United States and Russia are heightened as three International Space Station crewmembers (one American astronaut, and two cosmonauts) plan to fly back to Earth on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft Monday (March 10).
04 March 2014, 10:00 AM ET
Europe’s biggest aerospace manufacturer, Airbus Group, will drop its scale-model Spaceplane from an altitude of 10,000 feet over Singapore in May. If that trial goes well, another unpowered drop from 100,000 feet could follow next year.
04 March 2014, 07:04 AM ET
The European company EADS/Airbus is developing a commercial space plane for passenger flights. See images of the EADS space plane concept here.
03 March 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Real-life astronauts and NASA officials congratulated the "Gravity" cast and crew on their seven Oscar wins Sunday night.
03 March 2014, 07:01 AM ET
For the past year, engineers have been working on a concept vehicle called the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverable Platform, which could stay aloft for long periods, collecting a variety of data about Venus and its atmosphere.
03 March 2014, 12:43 AM ET
The wait is over. It's Oscar night at last and time to find out of Alfonso Cuaron's space thriller 'Gravity' has the sheer force and pull to take home the 10 Academy Awards it's nominated for.
03 March 2014, 12:20 AM ET
'Gravity' was a force at the 86th Academy Awards Sunday night (March 2), but the pull of the space thriller was not enough to win the Oscar for best picture. See how it pulled in seven of the 10 Oscars it was nominated for.
02 March 2014, 01:15 PM ET
It's not every day that a dog helps save astronauts in space, but that is exactly what happens in author Jeffrey Bennett's latest tale of a pooch named Max and his trip to the International Space Station.
02 March 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The moment of truth has arrived: Will "Gravity" pull in Oscar gold, or will those who worked on the science fiction movie go home empty handed?
01 March 2014, 09:20 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
01 March 2014, 09:25 AM ET
The movie "Gravity" transports audiences into outer space, and come this weekend, space fans will see whether it did the same for Oscar voters. "Gravity" might pull in a huge Oscar haul Sunday (March 2) at the Academy Awards, or it could be a bust.
01 March 2014, 12:37 AM ET
With the flick of a digital switch, the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California has been renamed in honor of the late Neil Armstrong, who in July 1969 was first to walk on the moon. The new name is the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center.
28 February 2014, 11:37 AM ET
An eight-person expedition is testing out Astroskin, a wearable shirt with sensors embedded in it, during a challenging trip to Antarctica. The shirt, developed for the Canadian Space Agency, could be used on future space missions.
28 February 2014, 07:26 AM ET
The movie "Gravity" recreates the spacewalk experience, according to one former NASA astronaut. Leroy Chiao, former commander of the ISS, thinks that the fictional space thriller "Gravity," captures what it's like to float through the vacuum of space.
27 February 2014, 01:48 PM ET
Space tourist Dennis Tito's daring proposal to send a married couple on a 501-day space flight around the planet Mars and back.
26 February 2014, 10:51 AM ET
Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has been accumulating an impressive orbital photo portfolio since he arrived at the International Space Station. This is probably one of the most beautiful photographs he’s captured — the moon as it sets over our planet.
25 February 2014, 10:13 PM ET
"Gravity" has landed on store shelves, and launched into space. The award-winning 3D space thriller was released on DVD and Blu-ray, while the movie arrived aboard the real space station for a microgravity screening.
25 February 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is planning to put its stamp on the solar system — or rather the solar system on its stamps. The 'Solar System' is included on a leaked list of U.S. stamp topics that have not yet been announced but are scheduled for release
25 February 2014, 07:00 AM ET
See images of space-themed postage stamps from the United States and around the world that celebrate space exploration.