Spaceflight In 2014
The quest to explore our solar system generated a lot of headlines in 2014. Here's a look at some of the most exciting.By Steven Sparkman | December 29, 2014
2014 was an exciting year in space exploration. There were historic firsts, glimpses into the future and some concrete steps toward putting humans on Mars. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stories.
"Today, we're one step closer to launching our astronauts from U.S. soil on American spacecraft and ending the nation's sole reliance on Russia by 2017," said NASA administrator Charles Bolden.
In September, NASA gave nearly $7 billion in contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to help both companies eventually carry humans to the International Space Station. (Video via NASA)