Manned Space Exploration News
NASA Successfully Fires Rocket Engine Designed for Deep Space Missions
NASA said it has cleared a milestone in the path to ushering in the next era of human space exploration after successfully firing one of its rocket engines intended for use in deep space missions. The space agency fired an RS-25 rocket engine for 500 seconds on Thursday. The engine is one of four
Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in 'Hostage Situation'
Forty-five years ago today, the world watched as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The historic Apollo 11 landing established the...
NASA to Award Company Grant for 3-D Food Printer
With companies beginning campaigns to send vacationers to Mars, it’s time to start working out some of the logistics. One concern: How do you pack enough food to supply years-long space missions? One company, Systems and Materials Research Corporation (SMRC), believes the answer may be...
Bana-nauts! Iran Launches Monkey Into Space
Iranian state TV reports the successful return of a monkey sent into space.
China Set for Manned Space Launch This Month
ABC News’ Audrey Wozniak reports: BEIJING – China will launch the country’s first-ever manned, space-docking mission in the next few weeks, according to the China National Space Administration. The Shenzhou 9 spacecraft’s three-person crew will take off in mid-June and dock with the Tiangong 1...
Today in Pictures: Horse Race, Putin in 3-D, French Spiderman
Alain Robert, who has been dubbed the “French Spiderman”, climbs 300 meters up The Torch hotel in Doha, April 12, 2012. Robert, who has been scaling tall buildings since the age of seven took 75 minutes to complete his first climb in Qatar of the...
John Glenn's Orbital Flight: Feb. 20, 1962
ABC's Jules Bergman and Bill Shadel cover the historic event in space travel.
Rick Santorum Takes Another Moon Shot At Newt Gingrich
ABC News’ Michael Falcone reports: Rick Santorum is trying to eclipse Newt Gingrich as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney and he is shooting for the moon. Santorum has been disparaging Gingrich’s plan, which he unveiled ahead of the Florida primary, to build a colony...
Oct. 15: Global Handwashing Day; Clarence Thomas Confirmed; China’s First Manned Space Flight
Oct. 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a movement to promote washing hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of disease. Millions of children in developing countries die each year of diarrhea and respiratory infections — conditions that could be lessened by washing hands before eating...
Oct. 12: Freethought Day; USS Cole Attack; Al Gore Wins Nobel Prize
Oct. 12 is Freethought Day. Freethinkers seek meaning through rationalization and science instead of religious beliefs. Also referred to as humanist, freethinkers strive to live fulfilling, ethical lives without supernatural beliefs. Secular Seasons describes Freethought Day as a “coming out” for