Astronaut Friday: Ronald McNair

In honor of Black History month, today’s Astronaut Friday post is dedicated to remembering a truly remarkable space pioneer, astronaut Ronald McNair. In 1984, McNair became the second African American in space aboard Challenger for STS 41-B, just months after Guion Bluford had become the first aboard STS-8. An accomplished

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Hear the winds of Mars in this NASA video

One of the simplest pleasures in life is listening to the wind whisper through the trees on a warm spring day. On Earth, that is. It’s harder to accomplish that on Mars, since no day is particularly warm and there are no trees. However, thanks to a new video from

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Special presentation by ISS crew this February

Space Center Houston will host a special presentation featuring the astronauts from Expeditions 56 and 57 to the International Space Station. NASA astronauts Drew Feustel, Ricky Arnold and Serena Aunon-Chancellor will be joined by Roscosmos astronauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergey Prokopyev and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst. Held at 6:30 p.m.

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Students competing in engineering challenge at Space Center Houston

The organization “High schools United with NASA to Create Hardware” (HUNCH) will conduct the critical design review of a NASA Hunch Design & Prototyping challenge at Space Center Houston 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14. 100 high school students from 10 schools will present their prototype project to a

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Photo Gallery: Space Exploration Educator Conference 2019

Over 570 educators from around the world are expanding frontiers at our 25th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference this week. The teachers are attending educational and instructional sessions, networking with other educators, touring astronaut training facilities and other iconic NASA locations, and hearing from STEM and education experts on a

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See if you have The Right Stuff at the next Space on Screen

In 1979, Tom Wolfe published a classic book detailing the lives of test pilots who powered the space program. In 1983, The Right Stuff was made for the silver screen. See this space classic as part of our Space on Screen series Feb. 22. Tickets are $8 for the general

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This day in history: Johnson Space Center gets new name

It helps to have friends in high places. As the nascent space program under NASA was coalescing, its leader was Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. A native Texan, Johnson took a special interest in the space race and positioned his home state as a beneficiary. Johnson served as chair of

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Guest Post: Expert/educator program to launch at SEEC 2019

Each year, the Space Exploration Educators Conference brings together teachers from all around the globe to exchange instructional strategies, learn from inspiring keynote speakers, and take part in behind-the-scenes NASA tours. Last year a record breaking number of teachers participated in sessions covering a wide range of subjects including science,

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Astronaut Friday: Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr.

  We’re back today with another Astronaut Friday post to celebrate the end of the week and an inspiring astronaut! Today’s featured space traveler is a veteran of four space flights, who served as mission specialist aboard STS-8, the first mission to launch (Aug. 30, 1983 at 2:32 am) and

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