Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
05 February 2015, 01:08 PM ET
One of the final remaining structures unique to supporting NASA's space shuttle program is no more. The Mate-Demate Device at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which mounted and removed the orbiters from the back of jumbo jets for 35 years, has been de
02 February 2015, 04:20 PM ET
The White House is requesting a $500 million boost for the NASA budget in 2016, potentially propelling the space agency on its way toward sending humans to Mars in the future, the agency's chief said Monday.
01 February 2015, 07:00 AM ET
'Shoot For the Moon' is a short film depicting a homeless astronaut as he sets out for the moon – armed with nothing more than a travel case, some bottle rockets, but carrying a cargo of ambition.
30 January 2015, 02:00 PM ET
Two American spaceflight companies are quietly competing in a space race for the new era. SpaceX and Boeing are vying to become the first private firms to fly astronauts to the International Space Station for NASA sometime in 2017.
30 January 2015, 10:20 AM ET
If you have ever desired to take a "space walk," Adidas has the sneakers for you. The German shoe outfitter is set to launch two new pairs of sports trainers featuring the look and feel of NASA's historic spacesuits.
28 January 2015, 04:40 PM ET
On Jan. 22, operators on the ground used two robotic arms to install NASA's Cloud Aerosol Transport System (CATS) instrument on the exterior of the International Space Station.
28 January 2015, 02:50 PM ET
NASA astronaut Terry Virts, a member of the current Expedition 42 crew aboard the International Space Station, captured several dramatic photos of the monster winter storm Tuesday night, as it wheeled and churned over New England.
28 January 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA officials are conducting ceremonies at several different sites around the country to pay tribute to the astronauts killed in 1967's Apollo 1 fire and the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle accidents.
27 January 2015, 12:06 PM ET
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
27 January 2015, 07:35 AM ET
The Planetary Society's first LightSail spacecraft will blast off in May from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, to test out critical systems and technologies ahead of a more involved orbital trial in 2016.
26 January 2015, 05:07 PM ET
The private spaceflight companies Boeing and SpaceX are on track to start launching NASA astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, representatives of both firms say.
26 January 2015, 07:30 AM ET
NASA, SpaceX and Boeing will host a news conference Monday (Jan. 26) to update the public on the progress of the space agency's commercial crew program. You can watch the press event live on Space.com.
23 January 2015, 12:17 PM ET
America's first planetarium wants to improve how it tells the story of a famous Apollo 13 astronaut, and needs your help to do it. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago is redesigning its exhibit 'Shoot for the Moon' to immerse visitors in the life of James Lo
22 January 2015, 10:00 AM ET
On Jan. 19, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the European Space Agency issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizaitons will develop jointly, with launch expected in 2021.
21 January 2015, 10:18 AM ET
President Barack Obama recognized the first American astronaut who will spend a year in space during the State of Union address Tuesday (Jan. 20).
21 January 2015, 07:50 AM ET
Virgin Galactic remains committed to getting SpaceShipTwo up and running, and the second vehicle may be ready to go soon.
20 January 2015, 09:33 AM ET
A list of the upcoming rocket launches around the world.
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