Fifty Years of Human Spaceflight Archive
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.
13 April 2015, 02:00 PM ET
In April 2015, the private spaceflight company SpaceX will attempt to land its Falcon 9 rocket on a ocean platform after launching the sixth Dragon cargo mission for NASA. See photos from the Commercial Resupply Service 6 mission here.
12 April 2015, 09:39 PM ET
All systems are go for the Monday launch of a SpaceX Dragon space capsule carrying NASA cargo the International Space Station on Monday (April 13), a mission that will also include a novel reusable rocket landing attempt.
12 April 2015, 09:34 AM ET
From a cosmic garden to fishing for space junk, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for April 12, 2015.
10 April 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Houston, we have... Apollo 13 custom LEGO minifigures! Launched in time for the start of the historic mission's 45th anniversary, UK-based has introduced a new set of four minifigures replicating the Apollo 13 crew and their flight director.
10 April 2015, 02:16 PM ET
Forty-five years ago, Apollo 13 commander Jim Lovell "lost the moon" after a mid-flight explosion. Now, on the anniversary of his most famous liftoff, the Adler Planetarium is launching its own "Mission Moon," based on Lovell's life.
10 April 2015, 07:00 AM ET
NASA astronaut and baseball fan Terry Virts is taking pictures of the 28 North American cities that host a major-league team, then posting the photos to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. He wants you to guess the cities' identities.
09 April 2015, 06:04 PM ET
Martian astronauts will need to be able to withstand the reduced gravity and increased radiation in deep space. And they'll have to find a way to deal with the boredom, experts say.
08 April 2015, 05:35 PM ET
On Monday (April 6), NASA engineers took their first looks at the parts cranked out by the International Space Station's 3D printer.
07 April 2015, 06:26 PM ET
Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin flight tests this year of an innovative new spaceship — a milestone made possible by the firm's rocket engine success.
07 April 2015, 01:30 PM ET
Living on comets requires great care — the gravity is so weak that you could easily jump off the frozen bodies and into space.
06 April 2015, 03:57 PM ET
NASA's iconic Apollo moon landing mission patches come to life in a new video created by a professional animator. Cincinnati-based artist Neil Smith revealed his versions of the historic emblems in an animated clip posted to YouTube and Vimeo