Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
25 November 2013, 05:49 PM ET
With the second spacecraft this month now on its way to Mars, you could be forgiven for thinking we’ve forgotten that there is a number of other planets in our solar system.
24 November 2013, 10:52 AM ET
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22 November 2013, 06:22 PM ET
The document calls on federal agencies to continue supporting the development of private American spaceships to carry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit and directs NASA to keep working on a heavy-lift rocket to send people much farther afield.
19 November 2013, 07:01 AM ET
VASIMR technology, which has been in development for 25 years, could dramatically cut travel times to Mars, clean up space junk and deflect dangerous asteroids, among other things, advocates say.
16 November 2013, 08:54 PM ET
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16 November 2013, 12:57 PM ET
Earlier today (Nov. 16) the United Launch Alliance rocket housing the space agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft (MAVEN) rolled out onto the pad in preparation for the launch.
15 November 2013, 04:17 PM ET
NASA's next Mars probe is ready and cleared for launch to the Red Planet. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN for short) is set to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 18.
15 November 2013, 10:13 AM ET
The work NASA has done exploring Space has led to many advancements in Medicine. William Shatner explains.
12 November 2013, 03:30 PM ET
Starting next fall, astronauts on the International Space Station won't have to wait months for replacement parts to be launched from Earth. Instead, they can use a newly arrived 3D printer to fabricate the tools and materials they need.
11 November 2013, 02:14 PM ET
An astronaut on the International Space Station has seen the deadly Typhoon Haiyan from orbit. See astronaut Karen Nyberg's amazing photo of the super typhoon.
10 November 2013, 10:13 PM ET
A Russian Soyuz space capsule landed safely on the steppe of Kazakhstan Sunday (Nov. 10), returning cosmonauts and two astronauts to Earth along with a one other precious item: the Olympic torch.
10 November 2013, 08:25 PM ET
See photos from landing day for the International Space Station's Expedition 37 crew, cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg and Italy's Luca Parmitano. They were returning the Olympic torch to Earth on a Soyuz capsule.
10 November 2013, 09:41 AM ET
A Russian Soyuz space capsule will bring the Olympic torch and three residents of the International Space Station back to Earth tonight (Nov. 10) and you can watch the landing live online. Here's how to watch the Soyuz landing online.
09 November 2013, 08:15 AM ET
See photos from the launch Russia's Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft to the International Space Station carrying the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics along with the station's Expedition 38 crew on Nov. 6, 2013 ET (Nov. 7 local time).
09 November 2013, 12:22 AM ET
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08 November 2013, 12:22 PM ET
World-famous astronaut Chris Hadfield, who recently retired from the Canadian Space Agency, spoke to about his new book, his viral videos and confronting death and disaster in space.
07 November 2013, 04:45 PM ET
This spectacular space wallpaper shows the Soyuz TMA-11M rocket as it launches toward space carrying the Olympic torch and the new Expedition 38 crew for the International Space Station on Nov. 7, 2013, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
07 November 2013, 08:15 AM ET
A torch for the 2014 Sochi Olympics lifted off for the International Space Station on Wednesday night (Nov. 6), accompanied by Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata - the station's new crew.
06 November 2013, 04:13 PM ET
Three astronauts are set to launch to the International Space Station tonight (Nov. 6) carrying some unusual cargo: the Olympic torch that's being relayed around Russia — and now off the planet — ahead of the opening of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
05 November 2013, 01:11 PM ET
See photos from the Expedition 37/38 mission to the International Space Station, including Soyuz launch and landings.
05 November 2013, 12:50 PM ET
Constellations seen from Earth inspire wonder in many skywatchers, but what do they look like when viewed from space? One astronaut on the International Space Station is beaming down her special cosmic views to Earthlings via social media.
04 November 2013, 06:41 AM ET
Instead of giving your loved ones a traditional burial, why not send them off in style with a memorial spaceflight? Elysium Space plans to launch portions of cremated human remains into space, where they will orbit the Earth for several months.
03 November 2013, 10:58 AM ET
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03 November 2013, 10:05 AM ET
The second American astronaut to orbit the Earth was remembered Nov. 2 by his family and friends during a private funeral service and public memorial at St. John's Episcopal Church in Boulder. Scott Carpenter, 88, died Oct. 10, after a recent stroke.
31 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
The Mars Society has released its requirements for the six volunteers who will be expected to spend 12 months at the group's Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station on Canada's Devon Island, which is about 900 miles from the North Pole.
30 October 2013, 03:28 PM ET
You probably already know that social media isn’t just about chatting with buddies and sharing photos of cats, but today is the day that one tweet could shape the future of the U.S. human spaceflight program.
29 October 2013, 05:33 PM ET
A private spaceflight company is investigating the glitch that caused its space plane — designed to eventually carry astronauts to and from orbit — to skid off the runway during an unmanned test.
29 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
NASA is working hard to develop laser-based space communications systems, which officials say are key to ensuring rapid and accurate transmission of information from spacecraft around the solar system.
27 October 2013, 10:17 AM ET
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24 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The European Space Agency's new rover, SAFER, took a test drive around Chile's Atacama Desert recently.
23 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
NASA's Orion capsule is slated to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in September 2014. The unpiloted mission features a high-altitude, high-speed plunge into Earth’s atmosphere to assess the craft’s heat shield.
22 October 2013, 06:49 PM ET
Dmitri Zaikin, who in 1960 was chosen with Yuri Gagarin to be among the Soviet Union's first 20 cosmonauts but who never flew into space, died Oct. 20. He was 81.
22 October 2013, 05:00 PM ET
Nyberg used a single strand of her own hair to propel herself on the orbiting lab. The brief experimentwas inspired by a conversation fellow astronaut Cady Coleman had with Sandra Bullock, star of the blockbuster space thriller "Gravity."
22 October 2013, 01:40 PM ET
For $75,000, a company called World View Enterprises will loft you 19 miles (30 kilometers) into Earth's atmosphere using a high-altitude balloon. You won't get your astronaut wings, but the views will still be spectacular, officials say.
22 October 2013, 12:49 PM ET
World View Enterprises of Tucson, AZ, plans to offer suborbital spaceflight in a capsule lifted by balloon to 18.6 miles (30 km), which then glides back to Earth. See how the flights will work in this gallery.
21 October 2013, 12:50 PM ET
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, took ahold of the Olympic flame Saturday (Oct. 19) for a leg of the 2014 Winter Games torch relay. At the same time, an unlit torch to be used in the Olympic Games' opening ceremonies was readied.