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Is Human Spaceflight Worth It?

If you ever wanted a quote that summarized virtually everything wrong with science and research funding today, a recent musing on how Congress would've viewed building a particle accelerator to match CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in light of physicists' inability to find the Higgs boson comes v Full story

Relive NASA's first human spaceflight

   Watch scenes from astronaut Alan Shepard's historic Freedom 7 mission on May 5, 1961.

NASA faces clumsy, unfortunate spaceflight gap

Some of the biggest hurdles facing NASA's future are the uncertainty surrounding the agency's human spaceflight program after its shuttle program retires, and the policy decisions that have limited its options to build something new while depending on private spaceships, a former NASA chief and othe Full story

Vintage Soviet Space Capsule Sold for Record $2.9 Million

NEW YORK - A vintage Vostok space capsule is headed back to its homeland with its new Russian owner, who bought the relic of the early days of human spaceflight for nearly $2.9 million during Sotheby's auction Tuesday (April 12). It is believed to be the most anyone has ever paid for a space artifac Full story

Medvedev: Space will remain a key Russian priority

Russia must preserve its pre-eminence in space, President Dmitry Medvedev declared Tuesday on the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Full story

30 years of shuttle flights — so what's next?

It's a banner day for space exploration Tuesday, as the era of human spaceflight marks its 50th anniversary while NASA celebrates its own 30th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight. Full story

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Will Human Spaceflight Ever Truly Be Safe?

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The Case Against the Moon: Why We Shouldn't Go Straight Back

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Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency, Thomas Reiter, speaks during a news conference at the Science Museum in London
Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency, Thomas Reiter, speaks during a news conference at the Science Museum in London

Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations at the European Space Agency, Thomas Reiter, speaks during a news conference at the Science Museum in London May 20, 2013. British pilot Peake was announced on Monday as one of the astronauts selected to fly on a five-month mission on the International Sp

Senate Holds Hearing On Future Of U.S. Human Space Flight
Senate Holds Hearing On Future Of U.S. Human Space Flight

WASHINGTON - MAY 12: Retired NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong , commander of the Apollo 11 mission and the first man to walk on the moon, is welcomed by retired astronaut Capt. Eugene Cernan , commander of Apollo 17 mission, and Norman Augustine , chairman of the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plan

Alan Shepard is seen before the launch of the Freedom 7 capsule in 1961, NASA's first human spaceflight.
Alan Shepard is seen before the launch of the Freedom 7 capsule in 1961, NASA's first human spaceflight.

Alan Shepard is seen before the launch of the Freedom 7 capsule in 1961, NASA's first human spaceflight.