On July 18, 1983, 32-year-old Ride became the first American woman to go into space as part of the Challenger's STS-7 mission. During her first flight, she operated the robotic arm that deployed satellites into low orbit.
Space June 19, 2019
Astronauts on long-duration space missions may soon have to wear swimming goggles. Researchers of a new study reveal how this can protect their eye health.
Space April 19, 2019
Jerrie Cobb, a gifted pilot who made history by becoming the first female astronaut candidate, passed away last month. She was one of the Mercury 13 women who passed the astronaut screening process but never made it to space.
Space April 19, 2019
Owen Garriott, a spaceflight pioneer who spent a total of 70 days in outer space, passed away in his home in Huntsville, Alabama this week. Fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Scott Kelly, and Pat Forrester paid tribute to the American hero.
Space April 17, 2019
Nearly seven years after it first grabbed headlines, Mars One, a startup that wanted to send the first human colony to Mars, is officially dead. The news was first revealed on Reddit and was confirmed by the company's cofounder.
Space February 13, 2019
The ESA's Andre Kuipers admitted in an interview that he once accidentally contacted 911 while trying to get in contact with NASA. He was supposed to be dialing 011 instead.
Feature | Science January 4, 2019
NASA 2017 Class astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is the first astronaut candidate to resign before finishing the program in 50 years. He did not disclose the reason for his abrupt departure.
Space August 28, 2018
Purdue University connected live to the International Space Station to award NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel an honorary Doctor of Science degree. Feustel is a veteran spacewalker despite having a mild fear of heights.
Space May 12, 2018
When women joined NASA in the 1970s, engineers wrongly assumed that they would want to use cosmetics in space. They invented a specialized makeup kit for female astronauts.
Space January 19, 2018
On the last work days of 2017, ISS astronauts wrapped up research work that would allow humans to stay longer in outer space. NASA’s Scott Tingle, in particular, was collecting samples of a specimen that could potentially sustain astronauts in space.
Space December 30, 2017
Former NASA astronaut Richard 'Dick' Gordon passed away at the age of 88. Gordon was one of only 24 men that have flown to the moon.
November 10, 2017
NASA and Roscosmos signed an agreement under which astronaut Peggy Whitson will stay back in the ISS for three more months. The spacewoman welcomed this decision and said that she loves being up there.
Space April 7, 2017
British-born NASA astronaut and leading climate scientist Piers Sellers died of pancreatic cancer on Dec. 23 at the age of 61. In an official statement, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden paid glowing tributes to Sellers and recalled his work on climate change.
Space December 24, 2016
John Glenn, the space hero of America, has passed away at the age of 95 on Dec 8. The former fighter pilot made history in 1962 with his three-orbit flight in a space capsule called Friendship 7. He later served the country as Ohio’s senator.
Space December 9, 2016
Researchers analyzed the menstrual cycle management options for female astronauts who want to prevent bleeding during their menstrual cycles while on space missions. It turns out menstrual bleeding is even more challenging in microgravity.
Space April 24, 2016
Psychologists are studying the feelings of awe and wonder that astronauts experience when viewing planet Earth from space. They particularly hope to induce that elating feeling to non-astronauts too.
Space April 23, 2016
It's been great, Scott! NASA astronaut Scott Kelly officially retires after a 20-year stellar stint in NASA. Kelly officially started his retirement on April 1 and it's not an April Fool's joke.
Space April 2, 2016
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly will begin his descent back to Earth today, with a record-breaking accomplishment and maybe a claim to the title 'Champion of Liquid Ping Pong in Space.'
Space March 1, 2016
NASA receives record-breaking applications for the 2017 Astronaut Program. Officials believe that social media helped make people more interested in various space programs including the Journey to Mars mission.
Space February 23, 2016
There are many dangers involved in the spacewalk but ISS team members Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren have prepared as much as they could to make the trip as safe as possible.
Space October 29, 2015
Scott Kelly has spent a full year on the International Space Station. Kelly, who has accumulated 383 days on Oct. 16, has set a new record for the most numbers of days an American has spent in space.
Space October 19, 2015
The Northern Lights exhibited what seems like a magnificent lights show as the then active sun peeped through it. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly was able to capture it while aboard the ISS.
Space August 18, 2015
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly willingly answered Twitter questions in a live interview as part of his one year anniversary at the International Space Station. He let people into his life at the ISS, as well as some of the weirdest things he encountered in space.
Space August 5, 2015
Another veteran astronaut retires from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration after 15 years. Tony Antonelli served the space agency in various assignments, including two space missions.
Space July 30, 2015
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has spent more time in space than anyone. On June 28, Padalka marked his 803rd cumulative day in space, breaking the previous record of 802 days.
Space July 1, 2015
Italian astronaut returns to Earth with two new records attached to her name. No woman or European astronaut has ever spent as much time in space on a single uninterrupted mission as she has.
Space June 11, 2015
A new space-to-ground communication system allows astronauts to ‘feel’ objects that are hundreds of kilometers away. Years of research went into making this historic handshake possible.
FUTURE TECH June 5, 2015
Samantha Cristoforetti will return to Earth from the International Space Station in the middle of May. What made the Italian astronaut's trip so special?
Space May 7, 2015
Samantha Cristoforetti, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, sips coffee from special zero gravity cup. Her Twitter post shows her drinking coffee with a great view of the Earth in the background.
Space May 5, 2015
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is a 'Star Trek' fan. She's also a fan of coffee, apparently.
Geek April 20, 2015
A group of 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans helped a 13-year old teenage daughter in sending out a message to his father, who is an astronaut working at the International Space Station.
Internet Culture April 15, 2015
In his new book, 'You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes,' astronaut Chris Hadfield shares images from his time spent in space, including stunning photos of Earth from the International Space Station.
Geek October 24, 2014
Astronaut Reid Wiseman posted a short video clip on Twitter from the window of a space station that shows his travel from New Orleans to New York in seconds.
Internet Culture October 20, 2014
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station, like those riding the now retired Space Shuttle, are lacking sleep and turning to sleeping pills. A new report warns of the dangers.
Space August 11, 2014
A spacecraft successfully landed July 16 bringing new supplies to the six astronauts at the International Space Station.
Space July 17, 2014
Russian cosmonauts on the International Space Station complete several tasks in seven-hour spacewalk. Balky antenna tamed with use of cable zip tie.
Space June 20, 2014
That oh-so-important first cup of coffee in the morning soon to be coming to the International Space Station. Espresso machine made by Italian company will arrive in November.
Space June 18, 2014
The first Vine video in space, showing a full orbit of Earth, has gone viral on the internet.
Space June 10, 2014
Photos of Apollo astronauts, training in Hawaii more than four decades ago, have been rediscovered and released to the public. The lava flows stood in for the moon's surface as astronauts practiced in rocky landscapes to learn how to collect samples and operate the lunar vehicles.
Space June 3, 2014
Astronauts aboard the space station do get some fancy footwear to monitor the effectiveness of exercise regime. "Space sandals" with built-in computers will measure their activity.
Space June 1, 2014
NASA is preparing for landings on asteroids by 2020 as one of its springboard to Mars. The agency is now training astronauts in a neutral buoyancy pool in preparation for the upcoming missions.
Space May 14, 2014
Asked to choose appearance of next-generation NASA astronaut suit, public goes for glowing "Tron" look. Suit will be built and ready for testing in November.
Space May 4, 2014
NASA letting public vote on proposed designs for future astronaut spacesuits.
Space April 16, 2014
The human body faces major hurdles when it comes to deep space travel.
Space January 28, 2014
Scott Carpenter dies of a stroke at 88.
Society October 12, 2013