Yuri's Night, the 53rd Anniversary of Man's First Voyage to Space

On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to enter outer space and orbit our planet. Tonight, science and space fans worldwide celebrate this milestone of human exploration with Yuri's Night. Mika McKinnon tells us more about the man, his voyage, and the ways we honor him today. » 4/12/14 8:00pm Saturday 8:00pm

Are Astronauts Still Sexy?

Back in 1962, Parade magazine asked American women about the sexiest professions for a potential partner to have. Doctor topped the list. And somehow writer came in second. But astronaut came in a very respectable third place. Which got us thinking: is being an astronaut today more or less sexy than it was during the… » 12/05/13 12:29pm 12/05/13 12:29pm

Would You Be on a Reality TV Show That Sends You to Space?

It's everyone's fantasy to get strapped to a giant rocket and blasted into the heavens. Right? Well, except for the space sickness, the difficult-to-operate space toilet, the inevitable contingency that your trip could turn out like the movie Gravity. » 10/04/13 1:20pm 10/04/13 1:20pm

Fifty Years Ago, We (Tensely) Put the Second Man in Space

This week's situation room photo will likely be marked as one of history's most famous—fraught with anxiety. But there've been other American rooms filled with tension. When the US put Alan Shepard into space, it was serious business. » 5/05/11 12:57pm 5/05/11 12:57pm

Soviet Dog Cooked in Space Only Got this Lousy Statue

It's the stuff of canine legends. Fifty years ago Laika the dog went from stray zero to hero when the Soviet Union strapped her to Sputnik 2 and launched it into the cold reaches of outer space. The trailblazing pooch, who had a statue to her unveiled in Russia last week, proved that living things could survive in… » 4/13/08 6:00pm 4/13/08 6:00pm