The first American spaceflight was a triumph—for an astronaut and for a nation.
Even before NASA was created, civilian and military labs were in search of spacemen.
The Russians made their first cosmonaut a hero. Did they really know him?
In the 1950s Harvey Allen solved the problem of atmospheric entry. But first he had to convince his colleagues.
In 1959, a group of military pilots became Astronaut Heroes overnight, and created an American icon that survives to this day.
It didn't look remotely like a fighter plane. So why did astronauts who flew the Gemini spacecraft compare it to one?
Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin left earth. When he came back, everything changed.
Sometimes an entire era is represented by a single career.
In 2003, China's first astronaut stepped out of his space capsule and into the limelight.
What it was like, in the astronauts’ own words. Excerpts from a new book by Andrew Chaikin.
Meet the MOL-men. Prepared to make space history, these military pilots instead became a footnote to it.
50 indelible images from the first 50 years of spaceflight
A cosmonaut remembers the exhilaration-and terror-of his first space mission.
Change comes to the place where spaceflight was born.