Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
19 July 2013, 12:05 PM ET
The heat shield for NASA's Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle is being coated with a layer of thermal protection material at the Textron Defense Systems plant in Wilmington, MA. It is the world’s largest heat shield, measuring 16.4 feet in diameter.
17 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
A mysterious water leak that forced NASA to abort a spacewalk on Tuesday shows how perilous it can be to venture outside the protective confines of the International Space Station. Just getting everyone back inside is the chief goal every time.
16 July 2013, 07:09 PM ET
NASA's spacesuits, called Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) have many layers and systems that combine to keep astronauts alive in the vacuum of space. See how the space clothes double as a 1-person spacesuit in a inforgraphic.
16 July 2013, 05:30 PM ET
NASA officials aren't sure what triggered a leak of water into a spacewalking astronaut's helmet, causing Mission Controllers to abort a planned 6.5-hour spacewalk after only one hour and 32 minutes today (July 16).
16 July 2013, 10:20 AM ET
A spacewalk outsie the International Space Station on July 16, 2013, ended early for astronauts Luca Parmitano and Chris Cassidy, after water began leaking inside Parmitano's helmet.
16 July 2013, 09:40 AM ET
A planned six-hour spacewalk was cut short after just one hour when water unexpectedly began building up inside the spacesuit of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. Parmitano reported 'a lot of water' floating about inside his spacesuit.
15 July 2013, 04:58 PM ET
John Llewellyn, a chemist who in 1967 was selected to be a NASA astronaut but whose inability to pilot a jet led to his resignation a year later, died July 2. He was 80. Llewellyn was a member of NASA's second group of scientist-astronauts.
15 July 2013, 07:36 AM ET
China has successfully test-fired the rocket engine that will power the next-generation heavy-lift booster, the Long March 5, that will help drive the country's space exploration into the final frontier. See how it worked.
14 July 2013, 11:00 AM ET
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12 July 2013, 10:36 AM ET
In space, washing your hair can be a, well, hair-raising adventure and one NASA astronaut has the video to prove it. NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg unveiled the new video from the International Space Station to show just what a chore a task that is simple on
10 July 2013, 08:12 PM ET
A House panel approved appropriations legislation Wednesday (July 10) that would give NASA $16.6 billion for 2014, cutting agency spending back to levels not seen since 2007. The proposed 2014 appropriation is about $300 million less than what NASA ended
10 July 2013, 06:02 PM ET
A new bill introduced into the U.S. Congress would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. Called the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, the bill was introduced Monday (July 8) by Donna Edwards (D-Md.).
09 July 2013, 02:42 PM ET
European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano became the first Italian ever to walk in space today (July 9) when he ventured outside of the International Space Station for 6.5 hours. Parmitano and his fellow space station crewmember NASA astronaut Chris
09 July 2013, 12:43 PM ET
Democrats in the House are set to unveil their own NASA authorization bill, which unlike a much leaner Republican proposal would authorize $18.1 billion in spending for 2014 — more than NASA has gotten since 2011.
09 July 2013, 08:05 AM ET
Italian pilot Luca Parmitano became Italy's first astronaut to walk in space Tuesday, July 9, during a spacewalk at the International Space Station to perform maintenance, repairs and upgrades. Parmitano has some Italian treats onboard.
09 July 2013, 07:37 AM ET
See photos from the July 9, 2013 spacewalk outside the International Space Station that saw Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano become Italy's first spacewalker. Parmitano worked outside the station with NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.
08 July 2013, 07:12 PM ET
NASA's response to a seven-year-old boy who wants to be an astronaut has created quite a stir on the Internet Monday (July 8), surprising many people who apparently equate mailing letters to government agencies with chucking them in the nearest wastebaske
08 July 2013, 06:14 PM ET
Bacteria in space grows differently than bacteria on Earth. Scientists sent samples of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa into space aboard NASA's space shuttle Atlantis to see how they would grow in comparison to their Earth-dwelling counterparts.
08 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Researchers plan to launch a tiny spacecraft to Earth orbit and beyond in the next 18 months or so, in a key test of new propulsion technology that could help cut the cost of planetary exploration by a factor of 1,000.
07 July 2013, 12:19 AM ET
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04 July 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Want to name a space shuttle? If you live in Texas, here's your chance. The Space Center Houston launched a contest today, July 4, to name its space shuttle mockup near NASA's Johnson Space Center - the home of Mission Control.
03 July 2013, 10:12 PM ET
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has landed a two-book deal to share his experiences about life in space and on the International Space Station. See how Hadfield will share his experiences in 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.'
02 July 2013, 11:45 AM ET
You can name a space shuttle! Space Center Houston near NASA's Johnson Space Center will launch a contest for Texans to name its mock space shuttle.
01 July 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Humanity's long march to other star systems begins with baby steps today, experts say.
30 June 2013, 12:31 PM ET
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29 June 2013, 05:00 PM ET
The huge shuttlecraft prop from TV's iconic sci-fi series 'Star Trek' is headed to Houston to serve as a museum piece near NASA's Johnson Space Center.
29 June 2013, 09:30 AM ET
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis is the last orbiter to go on public display. You can see it at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
29 June 2013, 09:30 AM ET
NASA's space shuttle Atlantis exhibit opened in Florida Saturday (June 29) complete with a fully stocked gift shop for avid space collectors.
28 June 2013, 03:12 PM ET
With China's Shenzhou 10 mission in the human spaceflight books, the country is moving forward with plans for a huge space station in Earth orbit.
28 June 2013, 09:35 AM ET
"Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" director Nicholas Meyer is developing the new space history TV series.
25 June 2013, 08:15 PM ET
The Shenzhou 10 crew spent 15 days in space, a Chinese record.
25 June 2013, 07:00 AM ET
Humans could set up robot-constructed mining outposts at the moon's poles.
24 June 2013, 05:05 PM ET
Two cosmonauts worked for more than six hours to spruce up the space station.
24 June 2013, 10:06 AM ET
See photos of Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk on June 24, 2013.
24 June 2013, 09:22 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts took to the outside of the International Space Station today (June 24).
24 June 2013, 07:30 AM ET
Find out how to watch the spacewalk live here.