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Pop Quiz: Pioneering Missions and Discoveries

This month’s pop quiz is all about the pioneering missions and discoveries that have made a significant contribution in human spaceflight. Take the quiz to test out your space history knowledge!

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Launch your day with Crew-2

Be part of the NASA mission and watch history on April 22 as we launch astronauts from American soil for the second time since 2011. Crew-2 is set to launch at 5:11 a.m. CT Thursday, April 22, from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Browse this

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Solving Space: Aurora Australis by NASA’s IMAGE Spacecraft

On April 22, 1970, the world marked the first Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing amazing images of Earth from space! Solve Space by unscrambling this view of the aurora australis (southern lights) four days after a record-setting solar flare sent plasma—an ionized gas of protons and electrons—flying towards the

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Photo Gallery: STS-1 40th anniversary

When Space Shuttle Columbia took to the skies on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981, a new era of spaceflight took wing. Browse through the photos of the historic STS-1 mission below. These two astronauts are the prime crewmen for the first flight in the Space Transportation System (STS-1)

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Artemis astronaut Joe Acaba

Artemis astronaut feature: Joe Acaba

Last year, NASA named the first Artemis astronauts. The mission to return to the Moon begins with the first Artemis flight scheduled to launch later this year. We are featuring each of the Artemis astronauts to help you get to know these pioneering explorers. This week meet Joe Acaba. Selected

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The story behind our Orbiter Access Arm

Have you seen the shuttle-era Orbiter Access Arm in Independence Plaza? Find out how this historic artifact found its way to Space City all the way from the Space Coast in today’s blog post. What is the Orbiter Access Arm? The Orbiter Access Arm (OAA), also called the gantry, spanned

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Solving Space: Earth From Space – Madagascar

On April 22, 1970, the world marked the first Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing amazing images of Earth from space! Solve Space by unscrambling this image of Bombetoka Bay to see the numerous islands and sandbars in the estuary where the freshwater of the Betsiboka River meets the salty

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Space Center Houston adds new lunar sample

Space Center Houston has a new lunar sample on display! Sample no. 76015 is displayed in our Lunar Vault, pictured above in his home, our display case. What is it? What makes it special? Where did it come from? We’re glad you asked. A lunar meteorite Sample no. 76015 is

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Lyrid meteor shower

Eyes Up – April

The night sky offers a show unlike anything else. In this monthly series, we will explore some of the top viewing experiences for backyard astronomers. April 2 – Antares The bright star Antares will make an appearance tonight to the right of the waning gibbous Moon, which will rise around

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Going back to the Moon: Lunar Landing

During this unique time, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration with our community. That’s why we hosted our February Thought Leader Series virtually. In our March Thought Leader Series, presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), a panel of experts discuss NASA’s Human Landing

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