'Eight Days in a Garbage Can': 50 Years Since Gemini V (Part 1)

Illustrating the cramped nature of their eight-day home, astronauts Pete Conrad (background) and Gordo Cooper are in jubilant spirits ahead of their 21 August 1965 launch. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, this week, astronaut Charles “Pete” Conrad experienced “the longest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.” Gemini V was the […]

'Working a Monkey Board': The First 50 Years of Spacewalking (Part 1)

Five decades have now passed since humanity’s first foray beyond the confines of their pressurized spacecraft and into the airless void beyond. Photo Credit: NASA

Fifty years ago, today, on 18 March 1965, a 30-year-old Soviet cosmonaut named Alexei Leonov became the first human in history to depart the confines of his spacecraft in […]

To Swim in Space: The World’s First Spacewalk (Part 2)

Pictured on the pad at Baikonur, shortly before launch, Voskhod-2 was the Soviet Union’s last major space “first” of the 1960s. The blister at the top of the payload shroud, housing the craft’s airlock, is clearly visible. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

On 18 March 1965, a representative of humanity gained a view that only God […]

To Swim in Space: The World’s First Spacewalk (Part 1)

Forty-nine years ago this month, Alexei Leonov became the first human to see the Earth, unhindered by the confines of a spacecraft, as God or another space traveller might see it. The experience almost cost him his life. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

From the moment he saw it, Alexei Leonov was captivated. He and a […]

Robotics Workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg inside the Cupola component of the International Space Station. Photo Credit: NASA

At the robotics workstation in the International Space Station’s Cupola, NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, Expedition 36 flight engineer, participates in onboard training activity in preparation for the grapple and berthing of the Japanese “Kounotori” H2 Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4). […]

Expedition 36 Cosmonauts Break EVA Record

Expedition 36 flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr Misurkin completed Russia’s longest ever EVA on Friday, Aug. 16. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

It was a record that hadn’t been challenged since the days of Mir in 1990, but on Friday, Aug. 16, it was smashed by Expedition 36’s Russian flight engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Aleksandr […]

New Light Through Old Windows: The Truth Behind Yuri Gagarin's Death

In April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the most famous man in the world. Less than seven years later, he was dead, killed in an avoidable tragedy, the precise details of which have taken decades to emerge. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

Last week’s announcement that “the truth” had finally emerged about the mysterious death of Yuri […]