Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
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 SPACE.com, 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.
29 September 2013, 09:25 AM ET
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29 September 2013, 05:12 AM ET
There is a dinosaur aboard the International Space Station (ISS) where there wasn't one before. 'Made in space!!' Karen Nyberg, an ISS Expedition 37 flight engineer, exclaimed in her caption for a photo of the toy dinosaur that she shared on via Pintrest.
28 September 2013, 08:11 AM ET
Chinese space officials are rolling out a welcome mat to other nations eager to gain access to their future space station. China plans to launch a second space laboratory by 2015, an experimental space station in 2018 and a 60-ton station by 2020.
27 September 2013, 06:33 PM ET
Fewer than 600 of NASA's 18,000 or so employees would likely keep working through a shutdown — the minimum needed to help ensure the safety of human life and the protection of property, according to a plan the space agency submitted to the Office of Manag
27 September 2013, 12:08 PM ET
M. Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the second American to orbit the Earth, suffered a stroke earlier this week but is expected to recover. Carpenter, 88, was at his home in Vail, Colorado when he was stricken four days ago, NBC News reported Thursday
27 September 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg captures stunning image of the Earth's horizon at sunset reflecting off the International Space Station's solar arrays on Sept. 18. See how she did it here.
26 September 2013, 07:30 AM ET
NASA is awarding grants to 10 university-led projects that could help develop the advanced technologies needed for future science and long-duration manned missions. The Space Technology Research Grants Program will award $250,000 to teams.
25 September 2013, 11:21 PM ET
A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut arrived at the station at 10:45 p.m. EDT Wednesday, less than six hours after blasting off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan.
25 September 2013, 05:00 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a new U.S.-Russian crew on an "express" flight to the International Space Station Wednesday (Sept. 25), kicking off a six-hour sprint to the orbiting laboratory.
25 September 2013, 03:19 PM ET
This stunning space wallpaper shows the Soyuz rocket as it heads out by train to the launch pad on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
25 September 2013, 06:00 AM ET
Two Russian cosmonauts and a NASA astronaut are slated to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 4:58 p.m. EDT today. You can watch coverage of here at SPACE.com beginning at 4:00 p.m., courtesy of NASA TV.
21 September 2013, 09:25 PM ET
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20 September 2013, 04:36 PM ET
Houston's space shuttle mockup has a new name — and a date for its unveiling. Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center, has announced Oct. 5 as the day it will christen its full-size orbiter replica.
19 September 2013, 04:39 PM ET
Skywatchers across parts of the United States and southern Canada have several chances to spot the new private Cygnus spacecraft as it chases the International Space Station across the pre-dawn sky. Weather permitting, it will be possible to see both spac
18 September 2013, 02:54 PM ET
This space wallpaper shows the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy, as it lands near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, 2013.
17 September 2013, 03:52 PM ET
A new commercial spacecraft built to haul cargo to the International Space Station will launch into space from Virginia's Eastern Shore Wednesday, and it just might be visible from a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast. Here's how to see it.
17 September 2013, 11:05 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft after it landed with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy aboard, near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, 2013.
16 September 2013, 09:36 AM ET
This space wallpaper shows the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft with Expedition 36 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin and Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy aboard, as it lands near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 11, 2013.
15 September 2013, 10:16 AM ET
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13 September 2013, 09:58 AM ET
Astronauts from the United State, Japan and Europe are practicing spacewalks on the ocean floor this week at the Aquarius undersea laboratory in Florida. See how their mock Space Environment Analog for Testing EVA Systems and Training (SEATEST) works.
12 September 2013, 01:52 PM ET
The process of selecting a site for NASA's next landing on Mars, planned for September 2016, has narrowed to four semifinalist sites located close together in the Elysium Planitia region of Mars, as seen in this space wallpaper.
11 September 2013, 06:29 PM ET
SpaceX took a moment from preparing for its first Falcon 9 rocket launch from California to fly an American flag from its launch tower to honor those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. "Today, we look onward and upward, but #neverforget."
11 September 2013, 07:42 AM ET
Virgin Galactic looks poised to begin launching paying passengers into space by 2014, but the private spaceship company is going needs more folks with the "right stuff. Enter, the Virgin Galactic Career Fair.
10 September 2013, 09:41 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz space capsule landed safely on Earth, returning three space station crew home after five months in space. The Soyuz spacecraft returned NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin home.
10 September 2013, 08:20 PM ET
A joint U.S.-Russian are headed back to Earth aboard a Russian Soyuz space capsule to end a five-month mission to the International Space Station on Sept. 10, 2013. See where they will land.
10 September 2013, 07:28 PM ET
See landing day photos for the U.S.-Russian crew of the International Space Station's Expedition 36 mission. NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin are returning to Earth on Sept. 10, 2013.