Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
28 June 2015, 11:38 AM ET
An exoplanet apparently possesses a huge cometlike tail, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft snapped amazing images of Pluto and a solar storm supercharged northern lights displays. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
28 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
An unmanned SpaceX cargo mission crashed back to Earth today (June 28), marking the third failure of a resupply flight to the International Space Station in the past eight months. SpaceX and NASA officials still aren't sure exactly what happened.
28 June 2015, 03:15 AM ET
On June 28, 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX launched its seventh unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. The mission failed shortly after liftoff.
26 June 2015, 06:19 PM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club," ABC's 10-part docu-drama about the spouses of America's first spacemen, entered orbit with its second episode Thursday (June 25). But how closely did "Protocol" follow the real space history?
25 June 2015, 06:55 PM ET
The next couple of decades could see astronauts go to many places: an asteroid, the moon, even Mars. But the current spacesuits used on the International Space Station will likely need replacing to get those exploration jobs done.
25 June 2015, 04:23 PM ET
The space agency will hold a workshop in Houston this October to kick off serious discussions about possible landing sites for NASA's first manned mission to the Red Planet, which the agency aims to launch by the mid- to late 2030s.
25 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
More than 100 artifacts from the estate of one of the first "significant space collectors" are being auctioned in Boston. The auction, hosted by RR Auction, features many of the stand-out pieces curated by Leon Ford, who died in August 2014.
24 June 2015, 05:12 PM ET
Singer-songwriter Craig Werth has written a song called "Oh Pluto" to highlight and celebrate NASA's New Horizons mission, which will give the world its first up-close looks at the dwarf planet during a highly anticipated flyby on July 14.
23 June 2015, 02:14 PM ET
Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov will fly to the International Space Station in the fall, filling the seat earlier reserved for British soprano Sarah Brightman. Brightman's backup Satoshi Takamatsu will wait for a later flight.
22 June 2015, 05:30 PM ET
The runway in Florida where space shuttles touched down for nearly 30 years has a new commercial mission. NASA handed over its historic Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center to Space Florida to advance a new era of spaceflight.
22 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Steely-nerved test pilots were the first men in space, but that isn't what you always want on a longer trip. During the recent World Science Festival last month, astronauts and doctors talked about how astronaut culture has changed over the years.
19 June 2015, 03:56 PM ET
'The Astronaut Wives Club,' ABC's new 10-episode drama about the women behind the United States' first spacemen, has lifted off. The premiere, aptly titled "Launch," spanned two years of NASA events in one hour. How close though, was it to real space hist
19 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The U.S. Mint may strike gold curved coins to commemorate the golden anniversary of the first manned moon landing, if a new bill is approved. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act calls for gold and silver coins to be struck in 2019.
18 June 2015, 12:49 PM ET
In "The Astronaut Wives Club," debuting on Thursday (June 18) on the ABC TV network, viewers meet the women who stood behind America's first spacemen as the space age got off the ground. Part two of collectSPACE.com’s interview with co-star Erin Cummings.
17 June 2015, 09:46 AM ET
"The Astronaut Wives Club" is launching on ABC, giving viewers a look at the other 'right stuff' — the women behind the United States' first spacemen. One of the series' spouses, Erin Cummings, talks about reconvening the astronaut wives club for the smal
16 June 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Growing dialogue and debate regarding Chinese and American space cooperation appear to look at how best to create an "open airlock" policy for Chinese astronauts to make trips to the International Space Station.
15 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
To broaden support for space exploration, advocates should consider approaching religious groups – especially in settings that are familiar to that religion, a new study suggests.
12 June 2015, 11:59 AM ET
"Lift-off! We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11..." It was with those words that Jack King, NASA's "Voice of Apollo," gave start to the first mission to land men on the moon. King died Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was 84.
12 June 2015, 11:05 AM ET
J.L. Pickering usually doesn't take kindly to books that claim "never before seen" NASA photos. One half of the team behind the new title "Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini," he's almost assuredly already seen them.
12 June 2015, 10:53 AM ET
Before a Soyuz space capsule returned NASA astronaut Terry Virts to Earth Thursday (June 11), he took time out in space to photograph the Earth below, capturing spectacular vistas of the Pyramids of Egypt, our home planet at night and what looked to be a
11 June 2015, 10:01 AM ET
Three space station crew members have returned home to the Earth after spending nearly 200 days off the planet. American Terry Virts, Russian Anton Shkaplerov and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are back on Earth.
10 June 2015, 06:57 PM ET
Russian flight controllers quickly fixed the issue, which posed no threat to the station's six crewmembers and it will not affect plans to return three of these spaceflyers to Earth early Thursday (June 11), NASA officials said.
10 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
LightSail, whose mission is funded by members and supporters of the Planetary Society, overcame two separate glitches before unfurling its solar sail on Sunday. A photo captured by the cubesat confirmed the successful deployment.
09 June 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Three crewmembers who have been aboard the International Space Station for an extended, 6.5-month mission will be heading home on Thursday, with no launch date set for their replacements.
08 June 2015, 04:58 PM ET
NASA has bestowed a piece of the moon to the late Edward White, who became the first American to perform a spacewalk 50 years ago. The presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration award was hosted at the USMA West Point Museum in New York.
08 June 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.
05 June 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The nonprofit Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft has not communicated with Earth since Wednesday afternoon (June 3), shortly after an apparently successful solar-panel deployment, mission team members said.
04 June 2015, 04:54 PM ET
NASA's Historic Mission Control in Houston is soon to be even more historic. The space agency's control room, which went active 50 years ago, is being restored to its Apollo-era state to ensure the room is around for many generations to come.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA could land astronauts on the Red Planet by 2039 without breaking the bank, provided the space agency takes a stepwise approach that includes a manned 2033 trip to the Mars moon Phobos, according to the research.
03 June 2015, 10:22 AM ET
50 years ago, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. There's more to White's spacewalk than the floating feat alone.
02 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
02 June 2015, 12:26 PM ET
When Alexei Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965, he became the first spacewalker ever.
02 June 2015, 12:08 PM ET
NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American astronaut to walk in space on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission. See photos from White's historic spacewalk.
02 June 2015, 11:07 AM ET
NASA is celebrating the first U.S. spacewalk 50 years ago with a new documentary on the history of humans working in their own private human-shaped spacecraft. 'Suit Up' is narrated by actor Jon Cryer and recounts five decades of spacesuit technology.
01 June 2015, 02:37 PM ET
The Planetary Society's tiny LightSail spacecraft has recovered from an apparent software glitch in orbit and is on track to deploy its solar sail as early as Tuesday (June 2), mission team members say.