Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
17 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
On July 17, 1975, NASA astronauts aboard an Apollo spacecraft linked up with cosmonauts in their Soyuz capsule. The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project meetup showed that two different space vehicles could dock in orbit, but it had diplomatic consequences as well.
15 July 2015, 09:44 PM ET
President Barack Obama fired off a congratulatory tweet Tuesday (July 14) celebrating the first-ever flyby of Pluto, which NASA's New Horizons spacecraft performed earlier that day.
15 July 2015, 07:15 AM ET
NASA's New Horizons probe performed the first-ever close flyby of Pluto early yesterday morning (July 14). Here's what scientists, government officials and other interested parties had to say about the historic event.
14 July 2015, 05:00 AM ET
The New Horizons probe's epic flyby of Pluto today (July 14) comes on a very special date in the history of space exploration: Exactly 50 years ago today, NASA's Mariner 4 spacecraft made the first flyby of Mars.
14 July 2015, 04:39 AM ET
Today, July 14, 2015, NASA will make history when its New Horizons spacecraft becomes the first mission ever to fly by Pluto, and the folks at Google are celebrating with an appropriately celebratory Google doodle.
13 July 2015, 06:00 AM ET
The New Horizons probe's flyby of Pluto on Tuesday (July 14) will wrap up the initial reconnaissance of the solar system, an endeavor that began more than 50 years ago.
10 July 2015, 06:30 PM ET
The Falcon 9 exploded less than 3 minutes after blasting off on June 28, scuttling SpaceX's seventh contracted resupply flight to the orbiting lab for NASA. The consequences of the mishap will probably be substantial for the company, Musk said.
09 July 2015, 03:11 PM ET
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk says data collected during the June 28 explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket is "difficult to interpret," and that the cause of the explosion is not yet understood.
09 July 2015, 12:18 PM ET
NASA has named its first commercial crew 'cadre' — the four astronauts who will train to fly aboard the first test flights of Boeing's CST-100 and SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The space agency assigned Bob Behnken, Eric Boe, Doug Hurley and Sunita Williams
08 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Ford Motor Company is launching a one-of-a-kind rocket-inspired muscle car to support educating a new generation of aviators. The Saturn V-styled "Apollo Edition Mustang" is the feature lot being auctioned on July 23 to benefit youth aviation programs.
07 July 2015, 02:58 AM ET
Physicist and sci-fi author Gregory Benford talks with Planetary Resources' Chris Lewicki about the company's asteroid-mining plans and how space resources can help humanity expand its footprint out into the solar system.
06 July 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Visitors to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey can crawl through a space-time wormhole and explore a scale model of a Gemini capsule — both made from rolls of translucent packing tape.
06 July 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Tape Gemini, along with another project, Tape Wormhole, made their debuts at the Liberty Science Center on June 25.
03 July 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Korniekno and Gennady Padalka don't have any special plans for the Fourth of July aboard the International Space Station — though Kelly will try to see some the fireworks displays down on Earth.
30 June 2015, 11:20 AM ET
It's a record! As of June 29, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has spent a total of 804 days in space — more than any other human in history.
30 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The first living being sent to Mars by humans may not be some lucky astronaut, or even a monkey, but a microorganism like cyanobacteria, sent there to create oxygen for human explorers.
29 June 2015, 02:55 PM ET
If Sunday's rocket mishap had occurred during a crewed launch of the manned "Dragon V2" capsule, it likely would not have caused any fatalities, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
The failure of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket during a cargo launch Sunday shouldn't have a big impact on the company's ability to fly astronauts to orbit and back a few years from now, NASA officials said.
29 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Artifacts recovered from the wreckages of the Challenger and Columbia space shuttles are for the first time now on public display, as part of a powerful new exhibit that honors the two spacecraft and their fallen astronaut crewmembers.
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'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’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.