Space

Row of flags alongside man in camouflage uniform facing four people with upraised hands (U.S. Space Force/Technical Sergeant Armando Schwier-Morales)

U.S. Space Force swears in its first recruits

The U.S. Space Force expects to have 6,500 active-duty members by the end of fiscal year 2021. Recruits all specialize in space systems operations.
Illustration of astronauts taking samples of rocks on surface of moon (NASA)

U.S., allies pledge to cooperate in space exploration

The U.S. and several allies signed the Artemis Accords to ensure the peaceful exploration of space. Learn more about plans for future missions.
Female astronaut working in enclosure filled with equipment and cables (NASA)

International Space Station marks 20 years of continuous human presence

Since November 2, 2000, the International Space Station has hosted researchers from 108 countries performing advanced experiments on life in space.
Illustration of spacecraft extending probe toward rocky surface (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)

In historic contact, NASA spacecraft touches asteroid

A NASA spacecraft made contact with an asteroid located millions of kilometers from Earth. Find out more about this historic space mission.
Woman seated and exercising with bar in small space (NASA)

Check out these experiments on the International Space Station

Find out about some of the work done aboard the International Space Station, including two critical experiments that examine muscle tone and microbes.
People watching plume of smoke (© Bill Ingalls/NASA/AP Images)

Innovation’s essential ingredient: Failure [video]

In May, SpaceX became the first private company anywhere in the world to launch two humans into Earth's orbit. But it took some practicing to get there.
Buzz Aldrin in spacesuit next to American flag on surface of moon (Neil Armstrong/NASA/AP Images)

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar...

On July 20, we mark the day in 1969 that U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon's surface.
Rocket lifting off of launch pad (Courtesy of Jeff Spotts/United Launch Alliance)

U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission

The U.S. has successfully launched the X-37B space plane into orbit. Learn more about the space plane's mission and the scientific research it is enabling.
An illustration of a satellite flying in space (NOAA)

New satellite tech speeds response during natural disasters

A U.S. company, Hypergiant Industries, has created a new communications platform that helps governments quickly respond to natural disasters.