Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
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.
12 June 2015, 11:59 AM ET
"Lift-off! We have a lift-off, 32 minutes past the hour. Lift-off on Apollo 11..." It was with those words that Jack King, NASA's "Voice of Apollo," gave start to the first mission to land men on the moon. King died Thursday, June 11, 2015. He was 84.
12 June 2015, 11:05 AM ET
J.L. Pickering usually doesn't take kindly to books that claim "never before seen" NASA photos. One half of the team behind the new title "Spaceshots and Snapshots of Projects Mercury and Gemini," he's almost assuredly already seen them.
12 June 2015, 10:53 AM ET
Before a Soyuz space capsule returned NASA astronaut Terry Virts to Earth Thursday (June 11), he took time out in space to photograph the Earth below, capturing spectacular vistas of the Pyramids of Egypt, our home planet at night and what looked to be a
11 June 2015, 10:01 AM ET
Three space station crew members have returned home to the Earth after spending nearly 200 days off the planet. American Terry Virts, Russian Anton Shkaplerov and Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti are back on Earth.
10 June 2015, 06:57 PM ET
Russian flight controllers quickly fixed the issue, which posed no threat to the station's six crewmembers and it will not affect plans to return three of these spaceflyers to Earth early Thursday (June 11), NASA officials said.
10 June 2015, 03:44 PM ET
LightSail, whose mission is funded by members and supporters of the Planetary Society, overcame two separate glitches before unfurling its solar sail on Sunday. A photo captured by the cubesat confirmed the successful deployment.
09 June 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Three crewmembers who have been aboard the International Space Station for an extended, 6.5-month mission will be heading home on Thursday, with no launch date set for their replacements.
08 June 2015, 04:58 PM ET
NASA has bestowed a piece of the moon to the late Edward White, who became the first American to perform a spacewalk 50 years ago. The presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration award was hosted at the USMA West Point Museum in New York.
08 June 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.
05 June 2015, 01:53 PM ET
The nonprofit Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft has not communicated with Earth since Wednesday afternoon (June 3), shortly after an apparently successful solar-panel deployment, mission team members said.
04 June 2015, 04:54 PM ET
NASA's Historic Mission Control in Houston is soon to be even more historic. The space agency's control room, which went active 50 years ago, is being restored to its Apollo-era state to ensure the room is around for many generations to come.
04 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA could land astronauts on the Red Planet by 2039 without breaking the bank, provided the space agency takes a stepwise approach that includes a manned 2033 trip to the Mars moon Phobos, according to the research.
03 June 2015, 10:22 AM ET
50 years ago, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space. There's more to White's spacewalk than the floating feat alone.
02 June 2015, 12:45 PM ET
While NASA does not yet have specific plans for human missions beyond 2021, the agency is in the early stages of developing a sequence of missions in cislunar space in the 2020s to prepare for later missions to Mars.
02 June 2015, 12:26 PM ET
When Alexei Leonov stepped out of his Voskhod 2 capsule on March 18, 1965, he became the first spacewalker ever.
02 June 2015, 12:08 PM ET
NASA astronaut Ed White became the first American astronaut to walk in space on June 3, 1965, during the Gemini 4 mission. See photos from White's historic spacewalk.
02 June 2015, 11:07 AM ET
NASA is celebrating the first U.S. spacewalk 50 years ago with a new documentary on the history of humans working in their own private human-shaped spacecraft. 'Suit Up' is narrated by actor Jon Cryer and recounts five decades of spacesuit technology.
01 June 2015, 02:37 PM ET
The Planetary Society's tiny LightSail spacecraft has recovered from an apparent software glitch in orbit and is on track to deploy its solar sail as early as Tuesday (June 2), mission team members say.
01 June 2015, 11:12 AM ET
A quarter century after its founding, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame is being re-launched as a high-tech attraction designed to inspire the next generation of explorers. Heroes and Legends will open at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2016.
01 June 2015, 10:34 AM ET
r: Hundreds of people came to see four space shuttle veterans be enshrined into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame — and help celebrate the anniversary of the first astronaut couple. The new inductees were hailed as heroes.
01 June 2015, 07:40 AM ET
NASA has awarded Boeing with the first order for a commercial crew change flight to the International Space Station once the company's new CST-100 space taxi is ready for manned flights in 2017.
29 May 2015, 03:26 PM ET
Virgin Galactic's second SpaceShipTwo passenger ship is coming together, with the commercial spaceliner lowering its landing gear for the first time last week.
29 May 2015, 02:30 PM ET
The Hubble Space Telescope has been wowing space fans with amazing cosmic views for 25 years, but only because of repairs and upgrades by visiting astronauts. See the tools astronauts used to fix and repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
28 May 2015, 05:45 PM ET
NASA has awarded prize money to five members of the public for their ideas about how to limit astronauts' radiation exposure during journeys through deep space.
28 May 2015, 01:36 PM ET
Astronauts on the International Space Station moved a closet-like storage module to a new spot on the orbiting lab Wednesday (May 27) to make room for a new docking port to welcome private space taxis in 2017.
28 May 2015, 08:00 AM ET
It is a sight no one thought possible again: a complete NASA space shuttle standing vertical as if poised for launch. But that's exactly what the California Science Center will do. NASA's last shuttle fuel tank is headed to L.A.
27 May 2015, 06:56 PM ET
LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air Force's robotic X-37B space plane.
26 May 2015, 04:30 PM ET
Science experiments done in microgravity or related to space flight can be found in a new scientific journal dedicated to these areas of research.
22 May 2015, 07:17 AM ET
In the new Disney film 'Tomorrowland,' now in theaters, NASA provides the launch pad, literally and figuratively, for the movie's plot to unfold. 'To many of us on the film, NASA is close to our hearts,' said director Brad Bird.
21 May 2015, 01:00 PM ET
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down today in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 12:42 p.m. EDT (1642 GMT), about 5 1/2 hours after departing the orbiting lab.
20 May 2015, 04:23 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration.
20 May 2015, 02:00 PM ET
A Swedish university student has created a design for an "International Flag of Planet Earth" that could be planted on planets during future human exploration. The banner depicts seven interlocked circles, symbolizing the unity of all people.