Astronaut Friday: Walter “Wally” Schirra

It’s Friday and that means we’re highlighting an astronaut! Today’s featured space traveler is one of NASA’s “Original Seven” astronauts. To commemorate the anniversary of his Apollo 7 flight (Oct. 11), and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program, we’re remembering astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra. In total, Schirra flew aboard

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – STS-95: John Glenn’s Second Spaceflight

Space Center Houston brought in experts from the space shuttle mission STS-95 to discuss the anniversary of John Glenn’s second spaceflight aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery in the Nov. 8, 2018 installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series. STS-95 astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, flight surgeon Dr. Phil Stepaniak and mission

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NASA’s Super Guppy does the heavy lifting

As part of the restoration of Historic Mission Control, conservationists sent the consoles from the room to the Cosmosphere in Kansas. How do you transport such large and cumbersome consoles while still protecting them as historic artifacts? Enter NASA’s Super Guppy airplane. The Guppy was built to transport machinery that

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Heroes Appreciation Month returns for 2018

Space Center Houston honors heroes with free admission To reach for the stars requires support from a solid foundation. No one provides that foundation of safety like the military and first responders like firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians. Their service and sacrifice makes them everyday heroes. These heroes

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Do you remember Ares I-X?

Before NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), there was Ares. In 2004, the Vision of Space Exploration was put forth, committing NASA astronauts to return to the Moon and continue on to Mars. This meant that NASA needed to develop a new launch architecture system. On Oct. 28, 2009, nearly five

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Apollo 7 Anniversary Infographic

On Oct. 11, 1968, the Apollo 7 mission launched from Cape Kennedy Air Force Base in Florida. The 10-day mission ended Oct. 22 when the capsule successfully splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about this extraordinary mission in this Apollo 7 mission infographic. It was a return to

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Mission Apollo Minute Celebrating Gene Kranz

Did you know that Houston declared Oct. 23 Gene Kranz Day to honor the legendary NASA flight director? Kranz joined the NASA Space Task Group at Langley, Virginia, in 1960 and was assigned the position of assistant flight director for Project Mercury. He assumed flight director duties for all Project

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Thought Leader Series returns for double feature in November

Two Thought Leader Series events will bring a flight-filled November to Space Center Houston. On Nov. 8, the center will bring in experts from the space shuttle mission STS-95 to discuss the anniversary of John Glenn’s second spaceflight aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery. At age 77, Glenn holds the record

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First Man: A Spoiler-Filled Movie Review

On Oct. 12, the newest movie about space opened worldwide. First Man is the riveting story behind the first crewed mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award®-winning smash, La La Land,

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Happy Birthday Space Center Houston

It seems like just yesterday that the doors opened at Space Center Houston for the first time in 1992. Since then, the space science and space exploration learning center has welcomed more than 20 million people. Befitting any great adventure, NASA Johnson Space Center has lived a tremendous story over

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