NASA announces Commercial Crew astronauts

Soon, American astronauts will launch on missions to the International Space Station from U.S. soil. That may not seem like a monumental sentence, but it’s been six years and counting since the last Space Shuttle mission launched. Since then, any astronauts journeying to ISS had to go through Russia’s Roscosmos

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Expedition 54/55 astronaut debrief Aug. 7

What happens on the International Space Station? What did astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle do when they were aboard ISS? What experiments did they run? How did they sleep? Relive the journey of Expeditions 54/55 with the mission’s astronauts at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, only at

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Space Center U launches Atmospheric Research program

Ever wonder what it’s like at the edge of space? How cold does it get? How much air pressure is at 100,000 feet? The upper layers of our atmosphere are generally unexplored. In the Space Center U Atmospheric Research program, participants join a high-altitude ballooning mission where they take on

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AstroRad vest arrives at Space Center Houston

To survive deep space exploration, astronauts will have to weather radiation that is orders of magnitude greater than they’ve faced before. To keep them safe for an eventual trip to Mars and beyond, NASA has to get creative. One of the options currently getting ready for testing is created by

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Monday’s Space Links

Welcome to another week of marvelous space links. What happened since we last blogged about space stuff? Gizmodo covers some remarkable new images of Neptune. What’s even cooler is these images were gathered from Earth as opposed to an orbiting telescope like Hubble. Technology really is amazing. TechCrunch covers the

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Remembering Apollo 11’s historic Moon landing

On the 49th anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon landing, let’s tell the story of how these three intrepid explorers got there. On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off atop a Saturn V rocket. The trip to the Moon took four days. After spending about 36 hours on the surface

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SEEC Call for Proposals

Space Center Houston invites educators to submit a proposal by Sept. 6, 2018 to present at SEEC Feb. 7-9, 2019. SEEC 2019 is inviting presentations which are innovative, content driven, tied to space exploration and include a hands-on component. In response to requests from last year, we also encourage sessions

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Parker Solar Probe to launch in August

Soon, a new mission will swoop toward the sun. It won’t be Helios’ chariot. It won’t be Ra traveling on his solar barques. Instead, it will be the first spacecraft to study the sun up close. In the past, NASA and other space agencies have studied the sun through observational

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EVA 23 documentary premiere – How can I go?

On Saturday, Space Center Houston will host the premiere of a new documentary produced by Space City Films. EVA 23 tells the story of astronaut Luca Parmitano, who almost drowned while on a spacewalk in 2013. Outer space is not completely empty, but it doesn’t contain much water, certainly not

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Tuesday’s Space Links

As this blog grows and changes, we’re adding a new semi-regular feature. This piece will round up the latest space news and notes for your easy consumption. It’s not comprehensive, but these stories all have relevance to space exploration. If you have a link you’d like featured, drop me a

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