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Whether It's To The Moon Or Mars, NASA Wants Astronauts Flying Soon

The next manned mission isn't until the 2020s.

  Spaceflight

0:53A SpaceX launch
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NASA's Commercial Crew Flights Are Probably Delayed — Again

The crew of Space Shuttle Columbia
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NASA Remembers Fallen Astronauts Of Apollo 1, Challenger, Columbia

1:10An astronaut sleeps on the International Space Station.
NASA

NASA's Lighting Experiment May Help Astronauts Finally Get Some Sleep

1:15Flacon 9 rocket launch
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After Its Next Launch, SpaceX Will Probably Only Use Reusable Rockets

1:44Gene Cernan in the Lunar Module
NASA

Gene Cernan Really Wanted Us To Return To The Moon

0:56An plane flies in front of the moon
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This Company Wants To Mine The Moon. Now It Has The Money To Get There

A Falcon 9 rocket on the launchpad
SpaceX

Why Rocket Explosions Aren't Dampening SpaceX's Ambitious Plans

0:33SpaceX CEO Elon Musk talking to reporters.
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SpaceX Finally Explains Why Its Rocket Exploded In September

1:20A vulture in front of a space shuttle
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How To Keep Birds From Sabotaging The US Space Program

2:25Renderings of crew capsules from SpaceX and Boeing.
SpaceX, Boeing

Wasn't The US Supposed To Launch Astronauts Again In 2017?

1:14U.S. Astronaut Alan Shepard
NASA

The Underwear Oversight Of The Early US Space Program

0:52Former astronaut John Glenn
NASA

John Glenn, Astronaut And Former US Senator, Dies At Age 95

1:10Atlas rocket
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Want To Design A Rocket? Here's Your Chance

0:40Peggy Whitson, Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet
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56-Year-Old Astronaut Becomes Oldest Woman In Space

1:13NASA's space poop challenge banner.
NASA

The Space Poop Challenge Is Something You Might Actually Want To Win

1:16The International Space Station
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What It Takes To Bring Astronauts To And From The ISS

0:38An artists rendering of the Schiaparelli lander separating from a larger craft to then attempt to land on Mars.
European Space Agency

A Computer Glitch Likely Crashed A Robot On Mars

1:13An astronaut on a space treadmill.
NASA

Looks Like Our Backs Really Aren't Made For Space Travel

0:56An artist rendition of the Schiaparelli lander.
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Turns Out Landing On Mars Is Still Pretty Tricky

1:18The Schiaparelli Mars lander.
European Space Agency

The Search For Life On Mars Is Heating Up And Getting Crowded

0:49A view of Mars.
NASA

President Obama Sets His Sights On Mars

0:50Rosetta ends its mission on comet 67P.
European Space Agency

A Gentle Ending To Rosetta's 12-Year Mission

2:23Proposed colonists on Mars.
NASA

If You Want To Live On Mars, Be Prepared To Build Your Own Society

0:44A rendering of the Interplanetary Transport System approaching Mars
SpaceX

Elon Musk Presents Transportation Plans For Colonizing Mars

:48An animation of Mars.
NASA

Elon Musk's Plan To Colonize Mars Starts With This Rocket Engine

1:18Chinese astronauts wave before boarding their spacecraft.
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Why The US And Russia Can Share A Space Station — But China Can't

1:38Earth as seen from more than 40,000 miles away by NASA's Messenger spacecraft
NASA

How Will Mars Crews Cope With Watching Earth Fade Into The Distance?

0:52A Mars landscape is seen in a picture taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit January 8, 2003.
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Congress Could Make A Manned Mission To Mars Mandatory

1:03An artist's illustration of the Tiangong-1 space station.
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Chinese Officials Aren't Sure Where Their Falling Spacecraft Will Land

1:15The interior of SpaceX's planned crew capsule
SpaceX

America Could Wait Longer Than Expected For Next Manned Spaceflight