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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 SpaceShipOne Works

It's launch time for the first privately funded space flight. In the course of battle for the X Prize, a group called Scaled Composites has built and tested SpaceShipOne, a sub-orbital spacecraft intended to carry tourists on the ride of their life. Learn all about the craft.


How the Google Lunar X Prize Works

 How the Google Lunar X Prize Works

Google Lunar X Prize is challenging would-be astronauts to a $20-million quest to the moon. See more »

What is it like to sleep in space?

 What is it like to sleep in space?

What is it like to sleep in space? With 16 sunsets, getting shut-eye is a little harder than usual. Find out how astronauts doze in zero gravity. See more »

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

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

What is it like to exercise in space? Astronauts can't exactly do laps around the track. Find out how astronauts exercise in space and why it's so important. See more »

How Space Farming Works

 How Space Farming Works

Space farming is the process of cultivating plants in space. Learn why space farming is important and how space farming will affect life on Earth See more »

How the NASA Space Food Research Lab Works

 How the NASA Space Food Research Lab Works

The NASA Space Food Research Lab develops all of the food used on NASA missions. Learn about the NASA Space Food Research Lab and space food. See more »

How Space Camp Works

 How Space Camp Works

Space Camp is for kids and adults to learn about flight, engineering, astronomy and robotics. Learn about Space Camp and its programs and simulators. See more »

How Spacewalks Work

 How Spacewalks Work

Spacewalks are how astronaurs repair spacecrafts. Spacewalking requires special training and equipment. Learn about spacewalks, from space suits to procedure. See more »

How Spaceports Will Work

 How Spaceports Will Work

Spaceports are built to launch space tourism shuttles into space. How will these spaceports be different from airports? Learn more about spaceports. See more »

What is a gimbal -- and what does it have to do with NASA?

 What is a gimbal -- and what does it have to do with NASA?

What is a gimbal -- and what does it have to do with NASA? Gimbals help ships and space ships stay correctly oriented. Find out what is a gimbal. See more »

Will humans be living in space in the next 50 years?

 Will humans be living in space in the next 50 years?

Humans living in space is no pipe dream. Find out more about NASA's plan to have humans living in space within the next 50 years and why it's possible. See more »