Mission specialist Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly in space.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
35 years ago Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. But rather than focus on her own extraordinary achievements, her passion became boosting the number of girls pursuing STEM. Another pioneering astronaut remembers her friend and colleague.
Small satellites are launched to Low Earth Orbit - and then eventually burn up.
So long as small satellites are in low Earth orbit – and most likely they will be – the Earth's "vacuum cleaner" will clean them up.
The first piece of the International Space Station was launched in 1998.
The students of class 3F at Ferny Grove State School want to know how they get oxygen into the International Space Station.
The first poem in space was a plea for world peace.
Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson suits up ahead of a spacewalk. Vomiting inside a spacesuit during a spacewalk could be fatal for astronauts.
The students of class 3E, Ferny Grove State School, want to know if astronauts get space sick when travelling to the International Space Station.
Full moon photographed from Earth.
Gregory H. Revera/wikimedia
International plan for a lunar space station may lag behind efforts by private companies.
Surgeons at the University of Saskatchewan use a 3D printed human brain to plan complex neurosurgical procedures for patients with movement disorders.
From cheap prosthetic arms for landmine victims in Sudan to the promise of surgery on astronauts in space — 3D printing is sparking a healthcare revolution.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
ISS and Endeavour seen from the Soyuz TMA spacecraft.
Sperm that's been to space is good enough to get mice pregnant – and give birth to healthy offspring.
Look ma, no gravity!
Every moment of life on our planet has had the force of gravity in the background. But the prospect of long-distance space travel means it's time to figure out what happens to our biology in its absence.
Separated at launch. Scott and Mark Kelly.
A twin experiment in space can help us prevent diseases on Earth.
Workers wave flags as the rocket carrying the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft being moved to the launch pad.
We don't know where Tiangong-1 will land but the risk of someone being hit is about 1 in 3,200.
Artist’s depiction of a pair of O'Neill cylinders.
Rick Guidice NASA Ames Research Center
Future factories in space could be used to launch large structural sections to build space stations.
Right, time for a little zero gravity and chill…
What viewing on the International Space Station tells us about life among the stars.
Tim Peake, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra are about to return to Earth after a six-month stay at the ISS.
In theory, astronauts get the equivalent of a lethal x-ray dose during a six-month stay at the ISS. Here's why we don't have to worry too much though.
Ron Garan during one of his four spacewalks.
Former NASA astronaut Ron Garan speaks his mind about space travel, terraforming and religion.
A render of the BEAM attached to the International Space Station.
Inflatable space habitats, like the one installed on the International Space Station this week, could see wide application in space and planetary exploration.
This attractive specimen, collected from a doorknob in New York, loved being in space.
Alex Alexiev/UC Davis
One common terrestrial bacterium has been found to grow in the microgravity of the International Space Station than on Earth, although it remains a mystery why.
Soviet’s Mir space station in 1986.
Soviet space station Mir hosted astronauts from a significant number of countries – laying the foundation for the ISS. But how long will this collaborative spirit last?
How many astronauts does it take to undo a bolt?
Scientists on the International Space Station are preparing for one of the biggest DIY challenges of their lives.