AstronautsIndividuals trained for space flight
Riding an Atlas into space was a piece of cake compared to pulling 32 Gs on the Johnsville centrifuge.
May 2007 | By Mark Wolverton
In 2003, China's first astronaut stepped out of his space capsule and into the limelight.
March 2007 | By James R. Hansen
The tensest moment in spaceflight: Docking with a 100-ton space station while orbiting Earth at five miles per second.
May 2006 | By Thomas D. Jones
Sometimes an entire era is represented by a single career.
September 2005 | By Geoffrey Little
To watch a friend begin his expedition to the International Space Station, our correspondent travels to emptiest Kazakhstan.
July 2005 | By George C. Larson
A cosmonaut remembers the exhilaration-and terror-of his first space mission.
January 2005 | By Alexei Leonov
The plasma rocket, says U.S. astronaut Franklin Chang-DÃaz, is the propulsion technology of the future.
March 2004 | By Beth Dickey
It's the one area of space science in which you get to eat the experiment.
September 2003 | By Robert Zimmerman
Space exploration may come naturally to Europeans, but it doesn't come easily.
September 2003 | By William Triplett
The astronaut who commanded the first shuttle flight after Challenger explains his decision.
July 2003 | By Richard Hauck
Seeing off the astronauts is one of NASA's most prestigious jobs, and one of the most demanding.
July 2002 | By Beth Dickey
July 2002 | By Thomas D. Jones
Exhilaration, fear, surprise, and fun: spaceflight, according to the astronauts.
May 2002 | By The Editors of Air&Space Magazine
We've done the moon. Mars is too far. There's a better destination in our own back yard.
May 2002 | By Thomas D. Jones
With new techniques in genetic experimentation, can biologists make hardier space dwellers?
July 2001 | By Kenneth S. Kosik
NASA has started a new training program to help space station residents fight off cabin fever.
January 2001 | By Beth Dickey
Even before NASA was created, civilian and military labs were in search of spacemen.
September 2000 | By Tony Reichhardt
Thirty years ago, astronauts were an exotic species. Wherever they appeared, crowds went wild.
January 1996 | By Brian Duff