On the 40th anniversary of the final moon landing, the past remains brighter than the future
A small problem on Earth can be a very big one in space. How science is trying to cut the risk
The first man on the moon survived three near-fatal incidents and spent the rest of his life trying to avoid the spotlight
Stunning images of the sun, Earth and far-away locales in our roundup of cosmic views from July 2012.
Riding rocket ships was once an all-boys’ game. Valentina Tereshkova changed that for the Russians and Sally Ride changed it for the U.S. With the passing of Ride, here’s a look at some of those who came before and followed.
Ride, who died Monday at age 61 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, did not dazzle easily
A gallery of some of the men who journeyed into space — and what they have done since returning to Earth
Forty years ago, three American astronauts became the first to travel to the far side of the moon
TIME’s Jeffrey Kluger examines the high and low points of space exploration in the years before and since Yuri Gagarin went into orbit