Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
09 November 2013, 12:22 AM ET
What was your favorite space news story of the last week?
08 November 2013, 12:22 PM ET
World-famous astronaut Chris Hadfield, who recently retired from the Canadian Space Agency, spoke to SPACE.com about his new book, his viral videos and confronting death and disaster in space.
07 November 2013, 04:45 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket as it launches toward space carrying the Olympic torch and the new Expedition 38 crew for the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
07 November 2013, 08:15 AM ET
A torch for the 2014 Sochi Olympics lifted off for the International Space Station on Wednesday night (Nov. 6), accompanied by Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata - the station's new crew.
06 November 2013, 04:13 PM ET
Three astronauts are set to launch to the International Space Station tonight (Nov. 6) carrying some unusual cargo: the Olympic torch that's being relayed around Russia — and now off the planet — ahead of the opening of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
05 November 2013, 01:11 PM ET
See photos from the Expedition 37/38 mission to the International Space Station, including Soyuz launch and landings.
05 November 2013, 12:50 PM ET
Constellations seen from Earth inspire wonder in many skywatchers, but what do they look like when viewed from space? One astronaut on the International Space Station is beaming down her special cosmic views to Earthlings via social media.
04 November 2013, 06:41 AM ET
Instead of giving your loved ones a traditional burial, why not send them off in style with a memorial spaceflight? Elysium Space plans to launch portions of cremated human remains into space, where they will orbit the Earth for several months.
03 November 2013, 10:58 AM ET
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03 November 2013, 10:05 AM ET
The second American astronaut to orbit the Earth was remembered Nov. 2 by his family and friends during a private funeral service and public memorial at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder. Scott Carpenter, 88, died Oct. 10, after a recent stroke.
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 SPACE.com 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.