Did you know temperatures in Earth’s orbit can be as cold as minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit and as hot as 250 degrees? Astronauts need suits to protect them from those extreme temperatures and harsh environments, but suiting up is no simple task. Getting into the heavy and complex suits requires
Hear first-hand space exploration stories from retired astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao in this May 29, 2020 Virtual Astronaut Visit. Chiao was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and is a veteran of four spaceflights. He logged a total of 229 days in space, including 36 hours of spacewalk time. He
Though Space Center Houston is closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration with our community. That’s why we are hosting our May Thought Leader Series virtually. As NASA begins to narrow the field of candidates for the newest astronaut class, we explored the astronaut selection and
Astronauts undergo extensive training to develop critical skills they will need to prepare for the challenges of their space exploration missions. Scroll through our top 15 images of astronauts in training and experience what is involved with readying space explorers to leave the Earth and work in orbit! Need more
Today’s featured astronaut is a veteran of two spaceflights. He piloted both STS-127 and STS-135, logging over 27 days, and traveling greater than 11 million miles, in space to date. Prior to his selection by NASA in 2000, Doug Hurley was a fighter pilot and test pilot for the U.S.
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
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
We’ve reached the end of the week and that means we are back at it highlighting another awesome astronaut! This week’s featured explorer is Eric Boe, who was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2000. Boe is a veteran of two spaceflights, serving as pilot for both STS-126 and