Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
17 June 2014, 02:17 PM ET
Angry Birds and NASA have teamed up for the second time to develop a new version of the popular game. The new iteration of the Angry Birds franchise sends players to the space agency's next cosmic target — asteroids.
17 June 2014, 07:35 AM ET
Getting astronauts to the Red Planet is the chief long-term goal of NASA's human spaceflight program, so the agency is developing many technologies to help make that happen, including a new line of prototype spacesuits called the Z-series.
16 June 2014, 05:56 PM ET
Three volunteers stepped out of China's Lunar Palace 1 last month after a 105-day shakeout mission — not on the moon, but at the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
16 June 2014, 05:00 PM ET
Space tourism firm Space Adventures says two customers have paid deposits for a flight around the moon on a Soyuz spacecraft, but the trip requires major changes to the Russian crew capsule, a vehicle that has seen only incremental upgrades recently.
16 June 2014, 11:24 AM ET
The International Space Station is getting a critical upgrade: its first coffee machine. The "ISSpresso," a capsule-based espresso machine, will enable astronauts to brew the hot caffeinated beverage as an alternative to instant coffee.
15 June 2014, 09:40 AM ET
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13 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
Virgin Galactic is reporting progress on creating the world's first commercial spaceline. But fitting all the elements together to handle high-velocity suborbital space travel has proved slow-going.
12 June 2014, 03:22 PM ET
Commercial space race frontrunner SpaceX brought its new manned Dragon capsule to the Washington, D.C. this week to showcase the futuristic spaceship.
12 June 2014, 12:57 PM ET
World Cup soccer excitement has launched into space. Three astronauts in orbit are getting into the World Cup spirit on the International Space Station.
11 June 2014, 07:02 AM ET
NASA is heading back to the ocean floor twice in the next three months to test out techniques and technologies that could improve astronauts' lives in orbit and help them explore an asteroid down the road.
10 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
The next U.S. spacecraft designed to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station also need to act as lifeboats if something goes wrong on the orbiting outpost.
09 June 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In a mirror universe right now, an alternate Steve Swanson is wearing a space patch bearing the logo of the fictional Klingon Empire.
08 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
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06 June 2014, 05:30 PM ET
The 12 proposals range from a submarine that would explore the hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's huge moon Titan to a probe that would travel around the solar system by hitching rides on comets.
05 June 2014, 02:15 PM ET
Humans should go to Mars to explore, and also as a form of insurance in case disaster strikes on Earth, the aerospace company's president, Gwynne Shotwell, told a small crowd here today (June 4) at the Atlantic Council Captains of Industry.
04 June 2014, 04:13 PM ET
Sending astronauts to Mars should be NASA's ultimate goal, but a change in strategy and more funding are vital to make a manned trip to the Red Planet a reality, according to a new National Research Council report.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
03 June 2014, 01:58 PM ET
The three aerospace companies competing to build astronaut taxis for NASA have completed the first stage of flight certification under the agency's Commercial Crew Program, officials announced on Friday (May 30).
03 June 2014, 10:44 AM ET
In the new biography, 'Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space,' released June 3 by Simon & Schuster, Lynn Sherr recounts the public, private and secret lives of her friend, the trailblazing astronaut.
02 June 2014, 02:40 PM ET
The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One, which aims to land four settlers on the Red Planet in 2025, announced today (June 2) that it has signed a deal with Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) to film its astronaut selection and training process.
01 June 2014, 07:01 AM ET
The United Kingdom could have a spaceport by 2018. Pending a regulatory report to be published this July and a technical feasibility study that is underway with the country's National Space Technology Programme (NSTP), a spaceport is possible.
31 May 2014, 10:47 PM ET
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30 May 2014, 12:11 PM ET
In an event worthy of a Hollywood premiere, billionaire inventor Elon Musk unveiled – quite literally – his new manned Dragon Version 2 spacecraft Thursday night (May 29).
30 May 2014, 08:30 AM ET
Unveiling his company's new Dragon V2 SpaceX founder Elon Musk claims his space taxi may achieve human access to space for under $10 million per seat.The company has been launching unmanned Dragon Version 1 capsules to the space station since 2012.
30 May 2014, 06:00 AM ET
Virgin Galactic, the private space venture bankrolled by billionaire Sir Richard Branson, has signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that spells out how the company will use U.S. airspace during its planned suborbital flights.
30 May 2014, 01:21 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule to the world tonight (May 29) for the first time.
29 May 2014, 09:20 PM ET
SpaceX unveiled the manned version of its Dragon space capsule May 29, 2014 during an invite-only event at the spaceflight company's Hawthorne, California campus.
29 May 2014, 06:10 PM ET
See photos of Dragon, Grasshopper and other SpaceX rockets taken since the company was founded in 2002.
29 May 2014, 04:43 PM ET
The anticipation just got higher for the big unveiling tonight (May 29) of the first-ever manned Dragon spaceship by the private spaceflight company SpaceX, with two new photos offering tantalizing glimpses inside the spacecraft.
29 May 2014, 09:15 AM ET
Space Exploration Technologies Corp. completed qualification tests of the SuperDraco thruster that will power the launch abort system on the crewed version of the Dragon space capsule the company is developing with financial aid from NASA.
29 May 2014, 06:11 AM ET
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will unveil the first manned Dragon spacecraft Thursday night (May 29) at 7 p.m. PDT/10 p.m. EDT (0200 May 30) in a live event at the company's Hawthorne, California rocket factory. Here's how to watch it live.
27 May 2014, 04:07 PM ET
NASA's giant new rocket, the Space Launch System, and its Orion space capsule are making progress toward two key test flights in the upcoming years. See how far along NASA's new rocket and spacecraft are, and what's next for the U.S. space vehicles.
27 May 2014, 06:50 AM ET
The future of manned space exporation is bright, according to a former astronaut and a NASA engineer. Humans may one day tread across some of the alien worlds that today can be studied only at a distance.
27 May 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Several upcoming missions will harness the subtle push of sunlight, using gossamer 'solar sails' to cruise through the heavens like boats through the sea. Such propellant-free propulsion could help humanity explore the solar system and beyond.
26 May 2014, 10:54 AM ET
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23 May 2014, 02:34 PM ET
DiCaprio plans to fly aboard Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle in 2015. A seat on the same flight with the actor sold for nearly $1 million Thursday (May 22) at the annual amfAR auction near Cannes, France.