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
Even as NASA welcomes home the crew of one its final shuttle missions (just two days after commemorating the 40th anniversary of the miraculous return of the Apollo 13 crew), it’s grappling with how to adapt to a new President’s …
Out-takes from the cameras of the first two men on the moon reveals scientific rigor — and a bit of artistic flair
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