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Astronaut Friday: Mark Polansky

Every Friday and Saturday you can meet a space explorer at Space Center Houston’s Lunch with an Astronaut. Today you have the opportunity to meet NASA astronaut Mark Polansky and hear about his mission experiences. Polansky joined NASA in August 1992 as an aerospace engineer and research pilot. After being assigned to the Aircraft Operations […]

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Happy 100th Birthday Katherine Johnson!

NASA’s Langley Research Center is celebrating a big milestone of one of the key figures from its past. Katherine Johnson will celebrate her 100th birthday Sunday, Aug. 26. Let’s talk about this pioneering figure, what she means to NASA and what her contributions were to the space program. 1) Who is she? Born in White […]

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Spotlight: Leading women of NASA

Language can be a tricky thing. Used in everyday life, it seems harmless. Sticks and stones and all that. However, words can sometimes retain unintended power. Small things can end up marginalizing people without much thought behind why they’re being used. This story by retired astronaut Leland Melvin highlights just how powerful a single word […]

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On this date: NASA 905’s handover

On Aug. 22, 2013, Space Center Houston officially took over the shuttle carrier aircraft NASA 905. In a ceremony held at Ellington Airport, local officials, NASA Johnson Space Center leadership and Space Center Houston leadership gathered for the handover. It was the first step in a momentous process that brought Independence Plaza to life. NASA […]

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Monday’s Space Links

Another Monday is here, which means it’s time to rund own all the news that’s fit to print on this blog. Well, all the news that I found recently in links on this blog. That’s not really “printed.” But you get the point. What’s going on in the wide world of space? Here’s a sampling. […]

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Apollo 50th: Timeline Infographic

In less than a year, we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. In anticipation of that momentous anniversary, we’re creating content around the Apollo Program. One of the things we will be doing is creating infographics about different topics, including Apollo astronaut bios, Apollo mission recaps and the following one, which […]

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Astronaut Friday: Serena Aunon-Chancellor

It’s Friday on this here blog, which means it’s time to highlight an astronaut. Today, we’ll be diving into the career of one of the active astronauts on the International Space Station right now. Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor was selected as an astronaut in 2009 1) She searched for meteorites Case Western Reserve University runs the […]

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Explore NASA innovations at Technology Day

Hear from NASA experts about food science, environmental life support, planetary sciences and mission operations from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in Astronaut Gallery. Presentations include: Eating in Space – An Evolution of Food with Dr. Takiyah Sirmons, NASA research scientist supporting advanced food technology Smelling Coffee in Space and How This Helps […]

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On anniversary, Curiosity rover still exploring Mars

On Mars, there is a roving science laboratory with lasers and cameras and active science experiments as we speak. On Aug. 5, 2012, Curiosity landed on Mars and has been making tracks (and history) ever since. Let’s run through some quick facts about the Mars Science Laboratory. What’s it’s real name? Both? Both. The Mars […]

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