Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
05 May 2015, 02:48 PM ET
SpaceX's Dragon astronaut taxi will blast off with a dummy on board Wednesday (May 6) in a crucial safety test, and you can watch all of the action live here at Space.com.
05 May 2015, 01:57 PM ET
Before astronaut Alan Shepard lifted off to become the first U.S. astronaut in space 54 years ago, three pad abort tests ensured his Mercury capsule could pull away from his Redstone rocket in an emergency. See how SpaceX is building on that history.
04 May 2015, 04:42 PM ET
Mice zapped with cosmic rays can incur brain damage, suggesting that astronauts' mental performance could suffer over time on deep-space missions to Mars and beyond, researchers say.
04 May 2015, 03:50 PM ET
The Space Exploration, Development, and Settlement Act of 2015, drafted by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), would mark the second time in the last three decades that Congress has directed NASA to support efforts for human settlements beyond Earth orbit.
04 May 2015, 03:24 PM ET
Dragon is scheduled to lift off at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to see how the capsule performs in the event of a problem during launch. You can watch the unmanned test live here on Space.com.
04 May 2015, 10:46 AM ET
Space: the final frontier — for coffee. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, dressed in a 'Star Trek' captain's uniform, became the first person in space to sip from a freshly-brewed cup of coffee, using the ISS's new espresso machine.
01 May 2015, 03:56 PM ET
Since splashing down after a history-making test flight in 2014, NASA's first Orion space capsule has been, for the most part, out of sight. Now, an auction benefiting students is offering the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see the Orion spacecraft up
01 May 2015, 03:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight company SpaceX will launch a pad abort test on May 6, 2015 to test the launch escape system on its manned Dragon spaceship. See the mission in photos here.
01 May 2015, 11:00 AM ET
The Russian Progress 59M cargo ship that launched on April 28, 2015, ran into trouble right away.
30 April 2015, 02:30 PM ET
NASA has selected Draper Laboratory to develop a wearable device that will track astronauts' movements around the International Space Station (ISS).
30 April 2015, 10:33 AM ET
The private spaceflight company Blue Origin launched a surprise test of its suborbital New Shepard spaceship on Wednesday (April 29) , a flight that successfully demonstrated the space capsule but failed to recover its reusable rocket booster.
30 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Russia's unmanned Progress 59 freighter will plunge to its death in Earth's atmosphere in the coming days. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station say they can make do despite the failure.
29 April 2015, 12:14 PM ET
For more than 50 years, spacecraft have relied on rockets and tricky maneuvers to get out of danger when missions don't go as planned.
29 April 2015, 10:26 AM ET
The U.S. Air Force has spotted 44 pieces of space debris near an ailing Russian Progress 59 cargo ship that malfunctioned after launching into space on Tuesday (April 28). See what the space junk sighting may mean for space station astronauts.
28 April 2015, 05:19 PM ET
Three years after arriving in New York City for display, NASA's prototype space shuttle Enterprise was dedicated on April 27 to the Apollo 1, STS-51L and STS-107 astronauts who gave their lives in the pursuit of space exploration.
28 April 2015, 04:50 PM ET
His twin brother now on a yearlong mission aboard the space station, this former NASA astronaut is slated to compete on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" in May. Who is Mark Kelly?
28 April 2015, 03:13 PM ET
The astronauts and cosmonauts on the International Space Station are not at risk of running out of essential supplies, NASA officials said Tuesday (April 28) when a robotic Russian cargo ship suffered a serious malfunction after reaching orbit.
28 April 2015, 01:21 PM ET
The Senate voted unanimously April 27 to confirm Dava Newman as NASA's deputy administrator, more than six months after she was nominated.
28 April 2015, 09:39 AM ET
The Russian space agency Roscosmos is scrambling to regain control of a robotic Progress 59 cargo ship that appears to have suffered a serious malfunction shortly after launching into orbit early Tuesday (April 28).
28 April 2015, 05:30 AM ET
A robotic Russian cargo spaceship experienced a glitch shortly after launching toward the International Space Station Tuesday (April 28), delaying and potentially imperiling its arrival at the orbiting lab.
24 April 2015, 04:53 PM ET
An interview with photographer Michael Soluri, who chronicled the leadup to the last servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
24 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
SpaceX aims to subject a Dragon test vehicle to a "pad abort" trial at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as early as May 5. The unmanned test will demonstrate how Dragon might respond in the event of a launch problem.
23 April 2015, 02:45 PM ET
Photographer Michael Soruri captures Hubble’s last servicing mission in his new book, “Infinite Worlds.” Here’s a sneak peak.
23 April 2015, 01:58 PM ET
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not just a space traveler, she's apparently also a bibliophile who can't bear to be apart from her books, even in space. See how she celebrated World Book Day off Planet Earth.
23 April 2015, 12:21 AM ET
Astronaut Scott Kelly has started a geography game, asking Twitter users to identify locations on Earth based on photos from space.
21 April 2015, 05:07 PM ET
A historic U.S. spacecraft that launched the second American astronaut into space has landed back in Kansas after spending eight months overseas. Liberty Bell 7 returned to the Kansas Cosmosphere following its loan to an art exhibition in Germany.
20 April 2015, 01:41 PM ET
Two fabric straps that held in place the life support backpacks worn by astronauts while they walked on the moon are up for auction, along with hundreds of other space artifacts at a pair of space history-themed sales.
20 April 2015, 01:01 PM ET
NASA researchers have come up with a plan to send piloted, helium-filled airships cruising through Venusian skies. The idea, called the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), could eventually lead to cloud cities on the planet.
20 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA researchers have come up with a plan to send piloted, helium-filled airships cruising through Venusian skies. The idea, called the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC), could eventually lead to cloud cities on the planet.
18 April 2015, 01:20 PM ET
From the first color image of Pluto to an awesome new SpaceX Video, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 19, 2015.
17 April 2015, 07:10 AM ET
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti grappled Dragon with the space station's huge robotic arm at about 7:00 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) Friday (April 17), securing the commercial capsule to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module.
16 April 2015, 03:00 PM ET
Experiments for the International Space Station's first one-year crew will be among Dragon's precious cargo when it arrives at the orbiting complex this week.
16 April 2015, 02:39 PM ET
The International Space Station is about receive perhaps its most important upgrade to date: a microgravity espresso maker!
16 April 2015, 01:35 PM ET
A statue honoring astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, could one day stand in the U.S. Capitol, if a California lawmaker's resolution continues to advance. The statue would replace the monument for a controversial Spanish missionary.
14 April 2015, 06:50 AM ET
Taxes are going to play a big role in a Mars mission, both in getting there and upon arrival, one expert says.
14 April 2015, 06:47 AM ET
United Launch Alliance (ULA), the company behind the Atlas and Delta rockets, unveiled Vulcan, its new launch vehicle system. The Vulcan rocket features new engines and a plan for reuse that involves mid-air recovery.