Mission Apollo Minute: Pete Conrad’s Moonwalking Suit

Charles “Pete” Conrad became the third person to walk on the Moon as part of Apollo 12.  Conrad commanded the mission and stepped onto the lunar surface Nov. 19, 1969. His first words were slightly less majestic than Neil Armstrong’s, but reflected Conrad’s fun and sunny disposition. “Whoopee! Man, that

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Apollo 13 Infographic: How did they make that CO2 scrubber?

In the movie Apollo 13, an engineer comes into a conference room and dumps a bunch of hardware onto a table. The goal? Fit a square peg into a round hole. The problem? After an explosion crippled the Apollo 13 spacecraft, the three astronauts went into the Lunar Module for

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Historic Mission Control restoration continues

The restoration of Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center is on track for completion in mid-June of 2019, well ahead of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20. As you can see from these photos, the Mission Operations Control Room

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Apollo 50th: Astronaut Gene Cernan Bio

As our next way to celebrate the road to Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, we have a quick bio on astronaut Gene Cernan. Cernan led the final Apollo mission in 1972, the last time a crewed mission went to Earth’s lunar satellite. Cernan was the 11th person to walk on the

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Apollo 11 anniversary patch design announced

Did you know every human mission NASA has flown since Gemini V has its own patch? Space Center Houston partnered with VisitHouston to develop a patch commemorating the anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Houston-area artists competed to create a design inspired by the original Apollo 11 mission

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Mission Apollo Minute – Saturn V rocket

The Saturn V rocket was the fuel that put the Apollo program on the moon. The giant rocket clocked in with the following measurements: 363 feet tall, weighing 6.2 million pounds and generating 34.5 million newtons of thrust. The most powerful rocket that has ever flown was made up of

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Mission Apollo Minute – Apollo 1

Reaching the Moon took courage, tenacity and innovation. Tragically, it also claimed the lives of 8 brave souls, three of whom perished in the Apollo 1 fire. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee all tragically perished when a spark ignited the oxygen inside the Apollo 1 capsule they were

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See The Last Man On The Moon This Friday

There’s still time to see January’s Space on Screen. “The Last Man on the Moon” provides a unique, raw look into one man’s part in “mankind’s greatest adventure,” a story full of love, loss, and fulfillment. The special screening is this Friday in our five-story-tall Space Center Theater. Guests speakers

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NASA’s Super Guppy does the heavy lifting

As part of the restoration of Historic Mission Control, conservationists sent the consoles from the room to the Cosmosphere in Kansas. How do you transport such large and cumbersome consoles while still protecting them as historic artifacts? Enter NASA’s Super Guppy airplane. The Guppy was built to transport machinery that

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Mission Apollo Minute launches new video series

On July 20, 1969, the Apollo program culminated a decade of work with the historic first steps on the Moon. 50 years later, Space Center Houston will join the world in celebrating Apollo 11’s touchdown on the lunar surface. The historic Apollo lunar landing on July 20, 1969 paved the

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