Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
31 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
The Mars Society has released its requirements for the six volunteers who will be expected to spend 12 months at the group's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Canada's Devon Island, which is about 900 miles from the North Pole.
30 October 2013, 03:28 PM ET
You probably already know that social media isn’t just about chatting with buddies and sharing photos of cats, but today is the day that one tweet could shape the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.
29 October 2013, 05:33 PM ET
A private spaceflight company is investigating the glitch that caused its space plane — designed to eventually carry astronauts to and from orbit — to skid off the runway during an unmanned test.
29 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
NASA is working hard to develop laser-based space communications systems, which officials say are key to ensuring rapid and accurate transmission of information from spacecraft around the solar system.
27 October 2013, 10:17 AM ET
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24 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's new rover, SAFER, took a test drive around Chile's Atacama Desert recently.
23 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Orion capsule is slated to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in September 2014. The unpiloted mission features a high-altitude, high-speed plunge into Earth’s atmosphere to assess the craft’s heat shield.
22 October 2013, 06:49 PM ET
Dmitri Zaikin, who in 1960 was chosen with Yuri Gagarin to be among the Soviet Union's first 20 cosmonauts but who never flew into space, died Oct. 20. He was 81.
22 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Nyberg used a single strand of her own hair to propel herself on the orbiting lab. The brief experimentwas inspired by a conversation fellow astronaut Cady Coleman had with Sandra Bullock, star of the blockbuster space thriller "Gravity."
22 October 2013, 01:40 PM ET
For $75,000, a company called World View Enterprises will loft you 19 miles (30 kilometers) into Earth's atmosphere using a high-altitude balloon. You won't get your astronaut wings, but the views will still be spectacular, officials say.
22 October 2013, 12:49 PM ET
World View Enterprises of Tucson, AZ, plans to offer suborbital spaceflight in a capsule lifted by balloon to 18.6 miles (30 km), which then glides back to Earth. See how the flights will work in this gallery.
21 October 2013, 12:50 PM ET
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, took ahold of the Olympic flame Saturday (Oct. 19) for a leg of the 2014 Winter Games torch relay. At the same time, an unlit torch to be used in the Olympic Games' opening ceremonies was readied.
20 October 2013, 10:26 AM ET
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18 October 2013, 09:47 AM ET
It will take NASA a few days to get back up to speed after the end of the government shutdown. One of the first orders of business for the space agency is figuring out how the work stoppage may have affected planning and operations going forward.
17 October 2013, 01:34 PM ET
in order to truly answer the unsolved mysteries of the moon's origin, new missions to retrieve samples of the lunar surface and return them to Earth will be needed, one scientist said.
17 October 2013, 01:12 PM ET
A best-selling book about the women behind America's early astronauts is being adapted for television by the creator of "Gossip Girl." ABC has given the "go" for the development of a limited series based on "The Astronaut Wives Club" by Lily Koppel.
17 October 2013, 07:30 AM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Jean-François Clervoy worked at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea during underwater training sessions simulating NASA's historic Apollo 11 moon mission.
15 October 2013, 07:05 AM ET
See photos from the Expedition 37 mission to the International Space Station, including Soyuz launch and landings, in mid-2013.
14 October 2013, 04:41 PM ET
NASA programs have all but come to a standstill since the government shutdown started on Oct. 1, but astronauts Karen Nyberg and Mike Hopkins continue to send a steady stream of social media posts the International Space Station.
14 October 2013, 03:39 PM ET
The new commercial space plane, called Dream Chaser, was slated to make a major free-flight test slated on Oct. 5 at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, located inside Edwards Air Force Base in California.
13 October 2013, 10:30 AM ET
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10 October 2013, 05:20 PM ET
Godspeed, Scott Carpenter. The United States' fourth astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit the Earth, Scott Carpenter, 88, died on Thursday (Oct. 10) after suffering a recent stroke.
10 October 2013, 05:08 PM ET
See photos from Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter's historic Aurora 7 orbital flight on May 24, 1962.
09 October 2013, 06:30 AM ET
A new gallery exhibit explores Zambia's little-known attempt to reach space in 1960's.
08 October 2013, 03:03 PM ET
An engineer suggests building a roof over a small planet so that Earthlike conditions could be maintained.
07 October 2013, 06:50 AM ET
The physics behind a fusion-driven rocket have been demonstrated in the lab, so such a device may well be propelling people on 90-day trips to the Red Planet in a matter of decades, according to a team of researchers working on the technology.
06 October 2013, 09:00 AM ET
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06 October 2013, 09:00 AM ET
The ISS plays a key role in "Gravity,", which features two astronauts struggling for survival after their spacecraft is destroyed by debris. The interior of their craft has a number of ties to actual experiments performed aboard the orbiting lab.
05 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
Six astronauts spent nearly a week in an Italian cave late last month to get a taste of the isolation and danger that will confront them on a space mission. The expedition was part of a course that trains astronauts to work together in tough conditions.
01 October 2013, 10:29 AM ET
See photos of astronauts exploring the ocean floor as a wet dress rehearsal to real-life space travel. Different ocean simulations are performed by the European Space Agency and NASA.
01 October 2013, 09:11 AM ET
The U.S. government shutdown beginning today (Oct. 1) will shut down much of NASA, but the space agency is taking special measures to safeguard American astronauts currently living on the International Space Station.
30 September 2013, 06:41 PM ET
NASA will be among the government agencies to experience a near total shutdown if the threatened government shutdown becomes reality on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said today (Sept. 30).
30 September 2013, 07:20 AM ET
Two private American companies are now responsible for hauling cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. Orbital Sciences' Cygnus spacecraft attached to the orbiting laboratory today by 8:44 a.m. EDT (1244 GMT), a first for the cargo ship.
30 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
The workshop will discuss some fresh ideas about how to grab an asteroid and park it in orbit around the moon. You can watch a live stream of the workshop presentations, which begin today at 1 p.m. EDT, here at, courtesy of NASA TV.
30 September 2013, 12:00 AM ET
NASA's bold asteroid-capture mission may not end when astronauts leave the space rock for the last time. Seeing it through could require disposing of the asteroid in a safe — and possibly very dramatic — manner, experts say.
29 September 2013, 10:37 AM ET
An unmanned Cygnus cargo spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences arrived at the International Space Station early Sunday (Sept. 29), capping a major test flight for the new private spacecraft. This is the first-ever station visit for the Cygnus spacecraft.