VIDEO: History Up Close – Historic Mission Control Console

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a historic Mission Control console. These consoles had less computing power than your smartphone, but helped navigate the Apollo Program to

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D.C. NASA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Mary W. Jackson

Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters. That’s the new name of the NASA headquarters building in Washington, D.C. on “Hidden Figures Way,” announced NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday. Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) successfully overcame the barriers of segregation and gender bias to become a professional aerospace engineer and leader in

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Clean Room trivia: Week 1

This month’s trivia is all about clean rooms, which play an important role in protecting satellites, spacecraft, and equipment prior to launch. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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Photo Puzzle: D.C. NASA Headquarters

This NASA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. was recently renamed to honor an important figure in NASA history. This person started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She was a mathematician and aerospace engineer, went on to lead

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Sojourner rover

Mission Monday: Remembering Pathfinder

This week we are celebrating American ingenuity with the anniversary of Pathfinder, which landed on Mars on Independence Day in 1997. What was NASA’s Pathfinder mission? Pathfinder was the second mission in NASA’s Discovery Program, which centered around fast track, low-cost missions with a focus on scientific objectives. It was

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Kennedy Podium

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the famous speech President John F. Kennedy made that marked a pivotal

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Peggy Whitson 8th spacewalk

Spacewalk trivia: Week 4

This month’s trivia features historic spacewalks and extravehicular activity. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more trivia on spacewalks!

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Photo Puzzle: STS-4 Mission, Launch View of Columbia

On June 27, 1982, the STS-4 Missions launched from Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This amazing photograph is a launch view of the Columbia, carrying a crew of two, Thomas K. Mattingly II and Henry W. Hartsfield, Jr..  This week we are celebrating the historic launch of

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STS-71

Mission Monday: Fast facts about STS-4 & STS-71

This week we are celebrating the historic launch of two shuttle missions that rocketed into space on the same day, 13 years apart. Look back at both iconic flights with three fast facts about each mission. STS-4 On June 27, 1982, STS-4 lifted off. Two NASA astronauts, Thomas Mattingly and

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Photo Puzzle: Sally Ride’s Shuttle Inflight Coveralls

This week in 1983, Sally K. Ride became the first American woman in space, nearly 20 years after Soviet Valentina Tereshkova became the first female to break the Earth’s bounds. On her first of two missions, Ride helped mobilize two different satellites in her role as mission specialist. She was

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