This Way to Mars: How Technologies Borrowed from Robotic Missions Could Deliver Astronauts to Deep Space
By adapting ideas from robotic planetary exploration, the human space program could get astronauts to asteroids and Mars cheaply and quickly
How a spacecraft propelled by ion drives could deliver humanity deeper into space than ever before. Read more in our special report on deep-space exploration
Once the U.S. regains its ability to send humans into deep space, there's more than one nearby planet for them to explore
Obama's Goals for Space Exploration Include a Manned Mission to Mars Orbit in the 2030s
In a speech from Florida's Space Coast, the president argued the case for his proposed NASA budget and outlined his vision for human spaceflight
The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 11
Four decades after mankind's giant leap, a look at the harrowing first lunar landing, the Apollo missions that never flew, and how the historic event looked from the Soviet Union
What Will NASA's Next Spacesuit Look Like?
40 years after the first moon walk, designers and engineers discuss the continuing evolution of astronaut apparel
Moon Lust: Will International Competition or Cooperation Return Humans to the Moon?
The U.S. has been there, but now that many countries have joined the club of space-faring nations, which will be the first to return?
Down to Earth: The Apollo Moon Missions That Never Were
As the U.S.'s lunar landing program wound down, plans for its last three Apollo missions were canceled, leaving unused hardware and questions of what might have been
Rethinking the Dream of Human Spaceflight
Fifty years after the first human ventured into space, we need some creative thinking
At Heaven's Gate: 50 Years After Humans First Reached Space, What Frontiers Remain?
Humankind has been confined to Earth's orbital environs for decades, but plans abound for manned missions to deeper reaches of the solar system
NASA's scrapped Ares 1 rocket could be resurrected for commercial spaceflight
Room for Debate: Where, If Anywhere, Is NASA Headed?
Without a firm destination, will NASA's ambitions for a return to manned spaceflight beyond Earth orbit founder? Or, will scrapping the Constellation Program give the U.S. more options for human exploration of the moon, Mars and the asteroids?...
NASA Return to Lunar Orbit Will Scout for Future Human Exploration
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, launching this week, will set the stage for the planned U.S. return to the moon by surveying locations and resources
Crew of 520-day mock Mars mission nears mock landing
Space For Both?--Human Vs. Robotic Space Missions
In this episode Cornell University astronomer Jim Bell talks about future space missions and why people need to be part of them. Bell is the leader of the team operating the color cameras on the Mars rovers, and the author of the book Postcards From Mars and of an opinion piece in the August issue of Scientific American on humans in space...
Phased Out: Obama's NASA Budget Would Cancel Constellation Moon Program, Privatize Manned Launches
The president wants to scrap NASA's space shuttle successor, now in development, and relax the agency's focus on returning to the moon
The 40th Anniversary of Apollo 8's Journey to the Moon
It was a first not only for NASA, but for humanity. As the world bore witness, a redesigned Apollo spacecraft, tested in space with a crew only once before, carried three astronauts to orbit the moon...
NASA's New Rocket: Will Congress's Pet Project Fly?
NASA's plans for human spaceflight, the subject of much hand-wringing since the curtains closed on the agency's space shuttle program in July, took a big step this week when the agency announced plans for a powerful new rocket to take astronauts into deep space...