Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
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
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
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
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
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.
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 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.