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Astronaut Friday: Walt Cunningham

Astronaut Friday is a way for us to explore the biographies of astronauts who you may not know much about. There may be a movie coming out about Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin may have a Twitter feed, but do you know much about Apollo era astronaut Walt Cunningham? The 50th anniversary of Cunningham’s Apollo […]

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Image of the Week: Hayabusa2 and the Asteroid

We are living in a golden age of space exploration. Mission to Pluto and beyond have given us the first high-resolution photos of the most distant planetary objects in our solar system. Missions to Jupiter have given us new details on the massive planet, its fascinating moons and more. Finally, missions to asteroids and comets […]

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How NASA uses virtual reality to train astronauts

Angelica Garcia, simulation and software engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) gave a presentation Sept. 24 in the Mission Briefing Center on NASA’s work in virtual reality and simulations. This engaging talk was free with general admission. Garcia works in the Virtual Reality Laboratory training facility at JSC where astronauts complete system rescue scenarios […]

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Meet Morpheus, our newest addition!

Have you heard? There’s a new and exciting test article on display at the center! Suspended in space, just above our Mission Mars exhibit, is the Morpheus prototype planetary lander, used for testing vertical takeoff and landing for future deep space missions. This autonomous robotic lander has actually been used in testing at NASA Johnson […]

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Mission Apollo Minute launches new video series

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo program culminated a decade of work with the historic first steps on the Moon. 50 years later, Space Center Houston will join the world in celebrating Apollo 11’s touchdown on the lunar surface. The historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969 paved the way for future space exploration […]

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Looking back: astronaut Walt Cunningham

Apollo astronaut Walt Cunningham will share his unique perspective on a remarkable era of exploration, including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and the human side of spaceflight Oct. 5 at the next installment of our Thought Leader Series. Get Tickets Explore the photo gallery below to relive some of Cunningham’s training and mission experiences.

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A reunion 57 years in the making

On Sept. 13, 1961, the Mercury Atlas 4 (MA-4) spacecraft launched into orbit. The automated (non-crewed) flight orbited the Earth just once, but it became America’s first capsule to orbit the planet, and it paved the way for American astronauts to venture into space. The mission demonstrated the capabilities of the Atlas LV-3B rocket to […]

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Apollo 50th: Space Spinoffs Infographic

Space exploration benefits humanity. It’s a simple concept, but in a future where a person has been continually living in space since 2002, it can be lost. Space exploration gave us Velcro, glaucoma surgery and so much in between. For instance, the Apollo program provided more than just the achievement of landing the first people […]

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Family Campouts return in 2019

Have you ever wanted to learn more about space? Do you enjoy camping out under the stars? Did you know that Family Campouts at Space Center Houston let you do both?! Bring the family (as long as they’re over the age of 5) and spend a night at the center where you’ll take part in […]

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