Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
02 September 2014, 11:19 AM ET
NASA's next spaceship, the Orion capsule, has had a wet summer. For a full week in August, NASA engineers and the U.S. Navy worked side by side to practice retrieving the Orion spacecraft from the Pacific Ocean after a water splashdown.
01 September 2014, 08:01 AM ET
While many Americans will spend Labor Day (Sept. 1) barbecuing, relaxing and soaking up the end of summer, U.S. astronauts in space will spend the holiday in their own way: floating in weightlessness.
31 August 2014, 01:06 AM ET
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29 August 2014, 02:58 PM ET
NASA's retired space shuttle Discovery will mark the 30th anniversary of its first launch being admired by fans of all ages, according to the Smithsonian's curator charged with its care.
28 August 2014, 07:19 AM ET
NASA's first test launch of its new mega-rocket, the Space Launch System, will blast off by November 2018, a year later than planned. See how the SLS rocket is making progress here.
28 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
XCOR Aerospace — the builder of the Lynx space plane — is renovating the main hangar for the spaceship designed to bring paying tourists into suborbital space. Lynx could launch on its first test flights later this year.
27 August 2014, 07:02 AM ET
The space agency is about to give out its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability contract, the last in a series of awards and agreements NASA began putting in place in 2010 to encourage the development of private American astronaut taxis.
26 August 2014, 03:13 PM ET
NASA astronaut Robert Overmyer, who flew on two space shuttle missions in the early 1980s, was remembered Saturday (Aug. 23) with the dedication of a historical marker in his Ohio hometown.
26 August 2014, 12:09 PM ET
The steel tower used to mount NASA space shuttles atop jumbo jets to fly them cross-country after they landed in California is now being dismantled. The Mate-Demate Device at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center stood for four decades.
26 August 2014, 11:49 AM ET
Former NASA administrator Mike Griffin thinks the United States' dependence on Russian technology to fly astronauts to the International Space Station is tantamount to a "hostage situation," according to an interview conducted in May.
25 August 2014, 02:01 PM ET
NASA is developing a band of autonomous robots called "swarmies" that use radio waves to communicate with each other and may one day be used to explore the moon or Mars.
25 August 2014, 08:03 AM ET
The moon has a distinctive smell. Ask any Apollo moonwalker about the odiferous nature of the lunar dirt and you'll get the same answer. The moon smells like gunpowder.
23 August 2014, 11:55 PM ET
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23 August 2014, 07:52 AM ET
A SpaceX F9R reusable rocket protoype exploded over McGregor, Texas, on Friday (Aug. 22) during a complicated test flight. See video of debris falling from the sky here.
22 August 2014, 06:31 PM ET
NASA astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions, died on Thursday, Aug. 21. He was 67. Nagel died after a long battle with cancer, the Association of Space Explorers reported.
22 August 2014, 10:54 AM ET
New research led by NASA shows that spaceflight confuses the immune system.
21 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
A new atomic clock is due for installation on the International Space Station in 2016, ushering in a new age of physics experiments probing the relationship between space and time.
20 August 2014, 02:17 PM ET
A Russian official claims that samples collected by cosmonauts show evidence of sea plankton on the outside of the International Space Station, news agencies are reporting.
20 August 2014, 12:44 PM ET
Astronaut Chris Hadfield's advice for life on Earth has become the basis for a television sitcom. ABC committed to the production of a pilot episode for a family comedy inspired by Hadfield's book, 'An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.'
20 August 2014, 12:05 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon Version 2 capsule is designed to carry seven astronauts to the International Space Station. See how it works in this Space.com infographic.
20 August 2014, 10:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman seems to be having a great time living in space, and he is using social media to share it with the world.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Call them the 'rat-stronauts.' NASA is drawing up plans to launch a team of rats with the right stuff to the International Space Station as early as this year. You know, for science.
19 August 2014, 02:43 PM ET
Packed on Europe's final space freighter to dock with the International Space Station is a small blue box. It's not the most important payload on the Automated Transfer Vehicle, but the box's contents commemorate the fleet's five spacecraft namesakes.
19 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's recent maiden launch of its new Angara rocket is a harbinger of bigger boosters to come. The successful test flight also marked the country's first new launch vehicle to be built from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union.
18 August 2014, 05:02 PM ET
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin may have walked on the moon, but the folks behind Jockey underwear think they could have helped him conquer the galaxy.
18 August 2014, 03:03 PM ET
An astronaut and cosmonaut on the International Space Station captured some spectacular views of a private spaceship meeting it fiery end above Earth's surface Sunday (Aug. 17).
18 August 2014, 09:32 AM ET
Russia's new Angara rocket family is the country's first post-Soviet era booster to be developed. See photos of the Angara rocket's development, test flights and future.
16 August 2014, 05:08 PM ET
Country music star Brad Paisley traveled to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to launch his new song, 'American Flag on the Moon.' 'I'm at NASA's Apollo launch pad in FL, leaking my new song,' Paisley wrote on Twitter.
15 August 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Test-driving a new rover is a routine procedure for space scientists, but last week's trial in Germany was different: While the rover was here on Earth, its operator was floating 250 miles (400 kilometers) above on the International Space Station.
14 August 2014, 03:49 PM ET
It was not quite the blast off, but a full-size, replica space shuttle rose into the sky over Houston to be mounted on top of a historic NASA jumbo jet.
14 August 2014, 06:46 AM ET
Researchers discovered that 64 astronauts on board 80 space shuttle missions, and 21 astronauts on the International Space Station slept for just six hours per night on average, even though their schedules called for 8.5 hours of slumber.
13 August 2014, 10:42 AM ET
Scott Kelly is just 7 months from becoming the first NASA astronaut to spend a year in space. Well, maybe not a full year, at least according to the current schedule, but that's not stopped Kelly and his crewmate Mikhail Kornienko from designing a one-yea
12 August 2014, 09:09 PM ET
While alien life can be seen nightly on television and in the movies, it has never been seen in space. Not so much as a microbe, dead or alive, let alone a wrinkle-faced Klingon.
12 August 2014, 12:04 PM ET
The U.S. Navy has honored the nation's first woman in space, christening its new ocean research ship after the late astronaut Sally Ride.
12 August 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) joined up with the station at 9:30 a.m. EDT (1330 GMT) Tuesday (Aug. 12). Its visit is the last by the ATV line of spacecraft, which has been resupplying the orbiting lab since 2008.
11 August 2014, 05:12 PM ET
The Space Camp Hall of Fame, founded in 2007, added three new members to its ranks. The 2014 class includes astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, former astronaut trainer Michelle Ham and the founder of Space Camp Turkey, Kaya Tuncer.