Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
11 December 2014, 07:50 AM ET
Looking at the latest mission patch destined for the space station, you would never know it was created by actor Seth Green. The six-sided emblem features no references to the celebrity's roles, but it does include a subtle nod to his personal character.
10 December 2014, 05:19 PM ET
NASA's new mega rocket will probably not be launching for the first time in 2017, a NASA official said before the U.S. Congress today (Dec. 10).
10 December 2014, 04:30 PM ET
It's one giant leap for snowman-kind: Olaf, the goofy snowman from Disney's "Frozen," is aboard the International Space Station.
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
The president congratulated Orion's chief engineer and her team for Friday's successful test flight, which marked the farthest a human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled since the end of NASA's Apollo program in 1972.
10 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
Technicians unloaded the Orion capsule from the USS Anchorage Monday night (Dec. 8) in San Diego, about 600 miles from the spot where the U.S. Navy ship retrieved Orion after it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Friday (Dec. 5).
09 December 2014, 02:50 PM ET
In a section from his book 'Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars,' Lee Billings discusses how the need for energy is tied to the search for intelligent life in the universe.
09 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
Research by a political science professor shows opinions on space exploration are influenced by a person's religious beliefs.
09 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
The countdown is on to the holidays! If you have a space exploration enthusiast in your life, your mission now is to find gifts that are sure to launch some holiday cheer. To help, presents five out-of-this-world gift ideas.
07 December 2014, 09:00 AM ET
Here's a look at what the future holds for Orion, the first human-spaceflight vehicle to go beyond low-Earth orbit since NASA's Apollo capsule, which flew to the moon and back in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
06 December 2014, 12:11 AM ET
What is so important about Mars, in particular, that ESA supports not one but two missions and wants to send humans to the Red Planet?
05 December 2014, 03:05 PM ET
Stunning photos captured today's epic first test launch of the Orion spacecraft, which will one day carry humans to deep-space destinations.
05 December 2014, 11:35 AM ET
NASA's new Orion spacecraft, a deep-space capsule, survived an epic test flight on Friday (Dec. 5) paving the way forward for manned missions to asteroids and even Mars.
04 December 2014, 01:17 PM ET
The Orion spacecraft was poised to launch Thursday to test its heat shield, parachutes and other vital spaceship functions. But a series of issues and glitches has pushed the unmanned test flight back by at least one day.
04 December 2014, 12:01 AM ET
The Orion spacecraft, a capsule destined to fly NASA astronauts on deep-space missions to asteroids and Mars, is counting down to a planned 7:04 a.m. EST (1104 GMT) liftoff on Thursday. Watch it live here at
03 December 2014, 05:00 AM ET
One of the largest social media campaigns in NASA history has helped make the space agency's relationship with the public more interactive than ever before.
03 December 2014, 02:00 AM ET
The upcoming launch of the first Orion spacecraft test flight Thursday (Dec. 4) is a major milestone for the NASA's plans for future space exploration, so it's no surprise that the agency tapped into social media to spark interest and excitement.
03 December 2014, 12:00 AM ET
The flight will mark the farthest journey of a human-spaceflight vehicle since 1972, when the last of NASA's Apollo moon missions flew. But the agency envisions Orion eventually getting astronauts to asteroids and Mars.
02 December 2014, 11:00 AM ET
Mars One has selected 10 finalists from dozens of proposed payloads submitted by university groups around the world. One of these experiments will be chosen to fly on Mars One's robotic lander mission in 2018 — and the public will pick the winner.
02 December 2014, 09:55 AM ET
Star Trek's Kirk, Marvel's Iron Man, Sesame Street's Slimey the Worm, and a T-Rex are set to launch together on the first test flight of NASA's next-generation spacecraft Orion. The eclectic 'crew' are representative of the mementos flying on the EFT-1 mi
02 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA is planning to launch a test mission for its newest space capsule designed to eventually bring humans deeper into space than ever before Thursday (Dec. 4), but the bold test doesn't come without risks.
01 December 2014, 03:20 PM ET
NASA's Exploration Flight Test 1, or EFT-1, will mark the first-ever test flight of the agency's Orion spacecraft for deep-space exploration. See how NASA's Orion EFT-1 space capsule test flight will work here.
01 December 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Orion space capsule is scheduled to travel 3,600 miles from Earth on Dec. 4, then rocket back to Earth to test out a variety of systems during an unmanned flight. No human-spaceflight vehicle has traveled so far since 1972.
25 November 2014, 05:49 PM ET
An op-ed by Mike Snyder, lead engineer for Made In Space, whose 3D printer just produced its first part aboard the International Space Station.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The milestone marks a key step toward a future in which voyaging spaceships print out their own spare parts on the go and colonists on other worlds make what they need from the dirt beneath their boots, 3D printing advocates say.
25 November 2014, 03:33 PM ET
The 3D printer aboard the International Space Station produced its first part today (Nov. 21). The milestone moment marks a big step toward a future in which humanity explores far beyond its home planet, some experts say.
23 November 2014, 01:45 PM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
21 November 2014, 04:40 PM ET
A metal mockup of a Gemini space capsule used by NASA for ground tests sold at auction for more than $50,000 — parking fees not included. The 9.5-foot-tall (3-meter) spacecraft narrowly avoided a parking ticket on its way to the sale.
17 November 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Space station commander Barry Wilmore installed the 3D printer inside the orbiting lab's Microgravity Science Glovebox Monday. The machine and its software are in good operating condition, and the first test items will likely be printed sometime Monday.
10 November 2014, 03:30 PM ET
On screen, director Christopher Nolan's film 'Interstellar' takes audiences on a futuristic journey across space and time. Behind the scenes, it was real space history rather than science-based fiction that inspired Nolan to make the film.
10 November 2014, 01:01 AM ET
American astronaut Reid Wiseman, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, and European astronaut Alexander Gerst returned to Earth from aboard the International Space Station, touching down in Kazakhstan after 165 days orbiting the planet.
06 November 2014, 03:23 PM ET
NASA is getting ready to launch a daring test flight of a capsule that could eventually bring humans to deep-space destinations like Mars or an asteroid.
06 November 2014, 02:00 PM ET
Friday's tragic accident will delay Virgin Galactic's progress and may also result in more governmental oversight of the company and others that seek to launch paying customers to space, experts say. But space tourism itself should survive.
06 November 2014, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronauts Mike Fincke and Marsha Ivins discussed their off-Earth experiences with "Interstellar" actors Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain during a Google+ Hangout Wednesday.
04 November 2014, 02:04 AM ET
Investigators have formed a new working group to take a close look at the pilot interface systems on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and released a detailed new timeline of the vehicle's tragic accident.
03 November 2014, 02:27 PM ET
The friends and co-workers of the co-pilot who died in Virgin Galactic's tragic SpaceShipTwo accident Friday (Oct. 31) have raised more than $55,000 for his family via crowdfunding.
03 November 2014, 01:18 AM ET
See images released after the crash of Virgin Galactic's space plane SpaceShipTwo. The accident, which took place on Oct. 31, 2014, left one pilot dead and the other seriously injured.