Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
19 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The Planetary Society's LightSail craft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission Wednesday. LightSail aims to advance solar sailing technology.
18 May 2015, 05:28 PM ET
Chuck Norris Fact #905: Before NASA used a 747 jet to ferry its space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back. That may or may not be true, but Norris did help land a punch of support for the exhibit of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft in Hous
18 May 2015, 07:40 AM ET
A House appropriations subcommittee approved a spending bill May 14 that fully funds the Obama administration's overall request for NASA, but cuts commercial crew and space technology funds, adding it to planetary science and SLS.
18 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Boeing has begun testing components of the CST-100 crew capsule's 'pusher abort system' at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia.
15 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.
15 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future," by tech journalist Ashlee Vance, will be released on May 19. But you can get a sneak peak at the book now, via a lengthy excerpt published Thursday (May 14) on
14 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
A preliminary investigation has revealed that the Progress 59 freighter's issues stemmed from a too-early separation of the Soyuz's third stage, officials with Roscosmos, Russia's federal space agency, announced Tuesday (May 12).
14 May 2015, 07:20 AM ET
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly says he's settling into his epic yearlong mission to the International Space Station, thanks in small part to the 'ISSPresso' coffee machine that arrived at the orbiting lab last month.
13 May 2015, 03:17 PM ET
Brightman was scheduled to launch Sept. 1 on a self-funded 10-day mission to the orbiting lab aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But Brightman announced today (May 13) that she won't be making the trip to orbit.
13 May 2015, 11:35 AM ET
The astronaut who commanded the second-to-last space shuttle mission placed second on "Celebrity Jeopardy!," finishing behind an NFL football player. "Jeopardy made flying a rocket look easy!" said Mark Kelly.
13 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Dozens of students from 14 countries around the world came together recently to map out a manned mission to a captured asteroid in lunar orbit — a project very much like one NASA hopes to achieve by 2025.
12 May 2015, 04:07 PM ET
NASA and its international partners have delayed the landing of Terry Virts, Anton Shkaplerov and Samantha Cristoforetti until early June after learning new details about the recent crash of Russia's robotic Progress 59 cargo spaceship.
12 May 2015, 11:42 AM ET
A large piece of a space shuttle launch pad has landed on temporary display, where the public may catch sight of it. The gantry arm that for 30 years served as the walkway into the space shuttles has been moved outside at the Kennedy Space Center.
11 May 2015, 05:00 PM ET
Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp and astronaut-selection chief Norbert Kraft dispute allegations by a former astronaut candidate that the colonization effort judges its applicants unfairly and is unable to finance itself.
11 May 2015, 07:21 AM ET
For years, tiny payloads have been launched into Earth orbit on satellites smaller than a loaf of bread.
11 May 2015, 07:01 AM ET
Small and economical "cubesats" already eye our planet from orbit. But such bantam craft are about to start pushing out into deep space, helping researchers study and explore the moon, asteroids and other distant bodies.
11 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
The new ideas funded by the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program include a squid-like amphibious rover that could explore icy, ocean-harboring moons such as the Jupiter satellite Europa.
09 May 2015, 11:01 AM ET
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon? What about Mars, or Venus or Mercury? We sure have and that's why we decided to find out what it might be like to live on other worlds in our solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond
09 May 2015, 10:52 AM ET
There are many unknowns regarding the potentially habitable exoplanet Kepler-186f, but it may have similar light (from its star) and gravity as Earth.
08 May 2015, 04:50 PM ET
Andy Weir, author of the acclaimed novel 'The Martian,' stopped by NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston recently and took the new Modular Robotic Vehicle for a test ride. See the photos here.
08 May 2015, 07:00 AM ET
An incremental, multiple-mission approach — which envisions getting astronauts to Phobos by 2033, then down to the Martian surface by 2039 — could make manned Mars exploration technologically and economically feasible.
08 May 2015, 02:08 AM ET
The unmanned Progress 59 freighter burned up at 10:04 p.m. EDT Thursday (May 7; 0204 GMT May 8) over the central Pacific Ocean, officials with the Russian space agency, known as Roscosmos, said in a statement.
07 May 2015, 02:45 PM ET
Russia's out-of-control cargo ship Progress 59 is headed for a destructive plunge into Earth's atmosphere overnight between Thursday and Friday (May 7-8).
06 May 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Russia's doomed Progress 59 cargo ship is headed for a fiery fate in Earth's atmosphere on Thursday, but when and where it will fall is still uncertain. See the latest.
06 May 2015, 12:29 PM ET
SpaceX launched a major test Wednesday (May 5) of the innovative rocket escape system for its manned Dragon spaceships, a critical system designed to save astronauts in a launch emergency. See how the short test went.
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
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
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.