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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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Can humans hear in space?

Would you be able to hear the Starship Enterprise if it zipped past you in space? Would the destruction of the Death Star be completely silent?


Is space tourism safe?

 Is space tourism safe?

Is safe space tourism an oxymoron? The space tourism industry is taking off, and safety is becoming a concern. Learn all about safe space tourism. See more »

Can humans hear in space?

 Can humans hear in space?

To hear in space involves several variables, including sound movement and environmental medium. Learn if humans hear in space. See more »

How Space Food Works

 How Space Food Works

Space food for astronauts has come a long way since the flavorless paste that came in tubes. Learn about the development of space food. See more »

How could a hotel orbit the Earth?

 How could a hotel orbit the Earth?

A space hotel is currently under development by a European firm called Galactic Suite Limited. Learn about the development of the world's first space hotel. See more »

 Neil Armstrong Is the First Man on the Moon

Neil Armstrong's 'one small step' signified a completely new achievement for humankind. Learn about the mission that put the first man on the moon. See more »

Behind the X Prize

 Behind the X Prize

We know who won – top-runner SpaceShipOne. We know what the team receives for that accomplishment: $10 million and an obscenely gigantic trophy. But what about the story behind the contest? Learn about the rules, restrictions, red tape, test crashes, successful launches and the technological innovations that may get you into sub-orbit sooner than you think. See more »

How SpaceShipOne Works

 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. See more »

How Project Mercury Worked

 How Project Mercury Worked

Project Mercury launched the first American into space. Have a look back at this historic mission. See more »

How Weightlessness Works

 How Weightlessness Works

As the International Space Station astronauts return to Earth after a three-month stay, learn about the effects of weightlessness on the body. See more »

 How do astronauts function in their space suits for hours at a time?

I would like to know how an astronaut, who is in a space suit for hours, can eat, drink and eliminate fluid- and solid-waste byproducts? What "mechanics" are built into the suit and how do they operate? See more »