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Spaceflight

Spaceflight covers topics related to human presence in outer space. Learn about weightlessness, astronauts and space tourism in this section.

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How the Google Lunar X Prize Works

Internet search giant Google is known for innovation. But now it's sponsoring the Lunar X Prize, in which private teams compete to land on the moon. Why?


Are there military space stations out there?

It may sound like the stuff of science fiction thrillers, but military space stations were once very real. What seemed so tantalizing about a military presence in space? See more »

How Elon Musk Works

Internet king turned rocketman? After making his fortune on the Web, Elon Musk entered the commercial space race. Will this businessman and his SpaceX company make space tourism affordable? See more »

How will Blue Origin work?

Jeff Bezos made his fortune selling books online. So the next obvious step was to build rockets. Right? How does Blue Origin, Bezos' space travel company, stand up to the other commercial space racers? See more »

How Sputnik Worked

A small aluminum ball that orbited the planet for three months in the 1950s had a profound influence over your life. If it hadn't, you wouldn't be reading this now. See more »

How the Space Race Worked

The space race between the United States and the former Soviet Union began in the early 1950s. What followed was an era of cooperation between the United States, and now Russian, space programs with the building and operation of the International Space Station. See more »

How the Google Lunar X Prize Works

Internet search giant Google is known for innovation. But now it's sponsoring the Lunar X Prize, in which private teams compete to land on the moon. Why? See more »

What is it like to sleep in space?

When there are 16 sunsets every day, getting some shut-eye becomes a bit of an issue. Do astronauts get through it with some warm milk as they float? See more »

Why do astronauts have to work out on the International Space Station?

Maybe Schwarzenegger had it right when he talked about the importance of pumping iron. Astronauts spend as long as four hours a day exercising. But why? See more »

How Space Farming Works

There's no livestock in space farming, but growing plants in space could allow for long-term exploration and settlements. And with this farm, you don't need to watch where you step. See more »

How the NASA Space Food Research Lab Works

In the 1960s, space food was either cubed or tubed, and it wasn't very appetizing. Today's astronauts have a more palatable array from which to choose. Where is it developed? See more »