Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
14 January 2015, 05:25 PM ET
Crewmembers on the International Space Station have now been allowed into the U.S. segment of the orbiting outpost, after a false alarm caused astronauts to evacuate that part of the station early Wednesday (Jan. 14).
14 January 2015, 01:00 PM ET
A possible ammonia leak on the International Space Station triggered an evacuation of astronauts and cosmonauts to the Russian side of the orbiting outpost, but now, NASA flight controllers think it was likely a false alarm.
14 January 2015, 09:10 AM ET
An alarm suggesting a potentially toxic ammonia leak on the International Space Station early Wednesday (Jan. 14) forced astronauts to evacuate the U.S. side of the orbiting lab, but NASA says there is no proof such a leak actually occurred.
12 January 2015, 05:23 PM ET
For the first time in more than three years, a space shuttle main engine has roared to life in support of NASA's next-generation heavy-lift rocket. The SSME, renamed the RS-25, fired Jan. 9 at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
12 January 2015, 02:53 PM ET
Engineers with the private spaceflight company SpaceX are still trying to piece together what went wrong with a reusable rocket test Saturday, but the company's founder Elon Musk thinks there's a better chance of succeeding during a future test.
12 January 2015, 08:10 AM ET
NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, commander of the station's current Expedition 42, grappled Dragon using the orbiting outpost's huge robotic arm at 6:12 a.m. EST (1112 GMT) on Monday (Jan. 12).
10 January 2015, 08:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launched at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company also aimed to bring the Falcon 9's first stage down on an "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 January 2015, 06:02 AM ET
SpaceX will attempt the first-ever ocean platform landing of reusable rocket stage during the Jan. 6, 2015 launch of its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship. See photos from the mission here.
09 January 2015, 04:14 PM ET
The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station now have three new crewmates who look a lot like them — only much, much smaller. LEGO minifigures customized to look like the crew have been revealed aboard the orbiting outpost.
09 January 2015, 11:30 AM ET
Billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX says he will unveil his plan for a Mars Colonial Transport, spacesuits and more by the end of 2015. Get a glimpse of what Musk envisions for the Red Planet.
09 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to launch the company's unmanned Dragon capsule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday; forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of good weather.
08 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum invites the public to stroll through half a century of spacewalks. "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity" presents artifacts that relate the continuing story of EVA.
07 January 2015, 05:11 PM ET
SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo capsule are now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 4:47 a.m. EST Saturday. You can watch the launch live here on Space.com, beginning at 3:30 a.m. EST.
07 January 2015, 11:47 AM ET
The GAO rejected a protest filed by Sierra Nevada Corp. of commercial crew development contracts NASA awarded in September to two other companies.
06 January 2015, 10:30 AM ET
A tiny, self-contained greenhouse has been selected to fly on the robotic lander that Red Planet colonization effort Mars One intends to launch in 2018, group representatives announced today (Jan. 5).
06 January 2015, 06:23 AM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX aborted the planned launch of a Dragon cargo ship on Tuesday (Jan. 6) due to an actuator issue on the craft's Falcon 9 rocket. The next launch try is slated for Friday, Jan. 9.
05 January 2015, 07:29 PM ET
SpaceX will try to bring the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket back to Earth for a precision landing on a floating platform Tuesday morning. But there's no guarantee the ambitious maneuver will work.
05 January 2015, 03:04 PM ET
Early-bird skywatchers along the eastern United States have an opportunity, weather permitting, to see the private spaceflight company SpaceX launch a robotic Dragon capsule to the International Space Station before dawn on Tuesday (Jan. 6).
03 January 2015, 09:30 AM ET
The private space travel company Virgin Galactic is more committed than ever to its commercial spaceliner business as it recovers from a tragic SpaceShipTwo crash that killed one test pilot and injured another last year, company founder Sir Richard Branso
02 January 2015, 01:23 PM ET
See amazing, and sometimes hilarious, photos of fun in weightlessness in these zero gravity photos on airplanes and spacecraft.
02 January 2015, 12:37 PM ET
Cosmonaut Boris Morukov, a physician and researcher who flew on a U.S. space shuttle to the International Space Station and led a 520-day simulated mission to Mars, died on Jan. 1. He was 64.
31 December 2014, 12:22 PM ET
'Interstellar' star Jessica Chastain isn't content to explore the universe just on the silver screen. The actress appears in a new NASA video hailing the agency's efforts in space science and exploration.
31 December 2014, 11:32 AM ET
Retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is asking to hear your resolutions for 2015 in a new video released by the famous spaceflyer on Dec. 27.
30 December 2014, 03:59 PM ET
The voice of the late astronomer Carl Sagan plays over footage of the recent test flight of the Orion spaceship, in a new video by Space City Films.
29 December 2014, 12:00 PM ET
What can space fans look forward to next year? Closely watched spacecraft are expected to start pumping out science, while private spaceflight companies have a number of launches on the books for 2015.
28 December 2014, 01:33 PM ET
In a two-in-one mission, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the first experimental flight of its next-generation launch vehicle and demonstrated the re-entry and recovery of a prototype crew capsule.
24 December 2014, 11:42 AM ET
The fatal crash of a SpaceShipTwo space plane earlier this year sent shockwaves through the world of private space travel, but suborbital spaceship's builder Virgin Galactic is making strides to learn from the tragic accident and move forward.
24 December 2014, 08:00 AM ET
They won't be home for Summer vacation: See how astronauts celebrate holidays in space.
23 December 2014, 04:22 PM ET
The wrench, along with the 19 other objects built by the orbiting 3D printer thus far, will travel to Earth early next year, where engineers will compare the objects with ground samples produced by the same machine before it launched.
23 December 2014, 01:40 PM ET
Technicians successfully attached a key structure called a "carry-through spar" to the body of XCOR Aerospace's Lynx rocket plane just before Thanksgiving, at a hangar at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, company officials announced.
23 December 2014, 06:40 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Boeing is on its way toward launching astronauts to space for NASA by 2017.
22 December 2014, 12:50 PM ET
From accidents to soaring daredevils and space capsules, 2014 was a big year in spaceflight.
19 December 2014, 05:22 PM ET
NASA's first Orion space capsule — which made its spaceflight debut at the beginning of this month — is back in Florida after more than a week in transit.
19 December 2014, 05:01 PM ET
On Oct. 31, 2014, the space tourism company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious accident during a SpaceShipTwo test flight, resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. One pilot died in the crash, while another suffered injuries. See our full coverage.
19 December 2014, 04:31 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX won't be flying a mission to the International Space Station until early 2015.SpaceX is now expected to launch its fifth official mission to the orbiting outpost under a contract with NASA on Jan. 6.
17 December 2014, 06:16 PM ET
NASA has postponed deciding whether to attempt to capture an entire asteroid, or just a piece of one, by 2025 until at least early 2015. Both options are feasible, a senior NASA official said Wednesday (Dec. 17).