Light Speed Trivia: Final week

To shine a spotlight on our new holiday experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant, and our fall exhibit Playing with Light, our November trivia theme is light. Do you know the answer to the final week of Light Speed Trivia? Check back next week for the first question in our

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Astronaut Friday: Kalpana Chawla

This week we are remembering NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, who lost her life in the Columbia disaster. Chawla, who was selected as a NASA astronaut in December 1994, logged a total of 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space. The certified flight instructor and aerospace engineer flew two

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A look through Robonaut’s eyes

Did you know that NASA’s robot astronaut uses two cameras that measure light in order to see its surroundings? NASA engineers built a humanoid robot called Valkyrie or Robonaut 5 (R5) to assist in a crewed mission to the Moon or Mars. R5 could assemble equipment before astronauts arrive, and

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High school students present prototypes to NASA experts for engineering challenge

The organization “High schools United with NASA to Create Hardware” (HUNCH) conducted the preliminary design review of a NASA Hunch Design & Prototyping challenge at Space Center Houston Nov. 13. What is the challenge? Area high school students have spent the school year researching and engineering prototypes that could help

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Sleeping with the lights on

Have you noticed that it’s harder to fall asleep when the lights are on or if you’ve recently been staring at your phone or computer screen? You're not alone. After multiple astronauts reported insomnia due to constant exposure to light during International Space Station (ISS) missions, NASA began studying how

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Light Speed Trivia: Week 3

To shine a spotlight on our new holiday experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant and our fall exhibit Playing with Light, our November trivia theme is light. Do you know the answer to this week’s Light Speed Trivia?

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Astronaut Chris Ferguson in space

Astronaut Friday: Chris Ferguson

This week, our featured astronaut is a veteran of three spaceflights, a TOPGUN pilot, and a Commercial Crew astronaut: retired NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson! He's logged 5,700 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft, and he's racked up more than 40 days in space. He was the pilot on

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Lessons from Apollo 12

The Apollo 11 mission made history. But it didn’t mark the end of NASA’s work. Less than five months after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, NASA continued its mission, sending Apollo 12 to the Moon. It was a unique mission, filled with a lightning strike, precise landings and

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Top 7 tips for planning a perfect Galaxy Lights adventure

Start a holiday tradition with our all-new experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. For the first time, Space Center Houston is opening its doors the evenings of Nov. 16 – Jan. 5 to transform the center into a twinkling winter wonderland. Don’t miss our top tips to plan the perfect

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Mariner 9 spacecraft

This day in space history: Mariner 9 becomes first spacecraft to orbit another planet

On Nov. 13, 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. It was 48 years ago today that we began to learn new and exciting things about Mars’ landscape and atmosphere.   What was Mariner? The Mariner spacecraft was designed and developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

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