The rescue capsule automatically jettisoned from the booster and went into a ballistic descent, landing at a sharper than normal angle and subjecting the crew to heavy gravitational force.
By Dmitry Lovetsky, Associated Press
Young was a vanguard of NASA's space program in a career that spanned more than four decades during which he walked on the moon, commanded the first space shuttle flight and became the only astronaut to enter space as part…
By Michael D. Regan
Former astronaut and senator John Glenn has died at age 95. In every chapter of his life, whether on Earth or above it, Glenn accumulated achievements -- serving as a Marine fighter pilot in two wars and later launching into…
By PBS NewsHour
It's completely improbable that Mike Massimino actually became an astronaut. With a fear of heights, impaired vision and difficulty with swimming, he calls his achievement a miracle, but his is a story of overcoming setbacks. In his new book, “Spaceman,”…
By PBS NewsHour
By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins
As of today, International Space Station Commander Scott Kelly has spent more days off the planet than any other American. With 216 days in orbit, he sets the American record for most days spent space.
By Nsikan Akpan
Before arriving at the Russian Space Station Mir, astronaut Chris Hadfield lived through the quiet thrill of waiting for the shuttle’s solid rocket boosters to ignite and spew close to 8 million pounds of thrust.
By Anna Christiansen
According to the longest sleep study ever conducted in space, astronauts’ use of sleeping pills, like ambien, is extremely high. The decade-long study also revealed space-farers are chronically sleep deficient while in orbit, and during the period leading up to…
By Talia Mindich
In space, green beans taste like grass and sliced strawberries are repulsively sweet. That's according to NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, who spent more than 178 days living -- and eating -- aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle Discovery.
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