Bob Behnken portrait

Astronaut Friday: Bob Behnken

Today’s astronaut feature celebrates Bob Behnken, a veteran of two shuttle flights. Selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000, he has logged more than 708 hours in space and performed six spacewalks. Behnken, who served as NASA’s Chief Astronaut from July 2012 to July 2015, flew STS-123 in 2008 and

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Nicole Mann gives thumbs up

Astronaut Friday: Nicole Mann

Today’s featured astronaut has not yet traveled to space, but she’s no stranger to flight. Nicole Mann is a relatively new astronaut recruit. She was selected by NASA six years ago, but she began her flying career in 2004. She served as a combat pilot overseas in support of Operations

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Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan in astronaut training.

Astronaut Friday: Barbara Morgan

Today’s featured astronaut flew to space only once but has logged over 305 hours in orbit. She is one of NASA’s first Educator Astronauts. Who is she? Barbara Morgan. Before she was an astronaut, Morgan was a teacher. She began her teaching career in 1974 at Arlee Elementary School on

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Astronaut Friday: Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, becoming the first person to walk on the Moon. The man who said, “Every human has a finite number of heartbeats,” spent absolutely no time wasting any of his. Armstrong’s pioneering step is still regarded as one of the

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Astronaut Friday: Ricky Arnold

Today we are highlighting an astronaut whose passion for science took him below the sea and out of this world! Meet NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold, who has flown to space twice. His first mission was aboard STS-119, the 125th shuttle flight. His second trip off-planet was aboard Expedition 55/56 to

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John Young portrait

Astronaut Friday: John Young

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program, we are highlighting Apollo astronauts. These legendary space travelers embarked on a journey to the moon which ignited a spirit of curiosity, discovery and adventure. Their missions captivated the world and paved the way for the future of spaceflight. Learn

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Astronaut Friday: Buzz Aldrin

July 20, 1969 is perhaps one of the most important dates in history. It is the day humans first stepped foot on the Moon, a feat once imagined to be impossible. The Apollo 11 mission placed astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong on the lunar surface, proving that humans could travel to

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Pete Conrad suited up

Astronaut Friday: Charles “Pete” Conrad

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, we are highlighting Apollo astronauts. These legendary space travelers embarked on a journey to the moon which sparked an era of curiosity, discovery and adventure. Their missions captivated the world and paved the way for the future of spaceflight.

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NASA astronaut Alan Bean

Astronaut Friday: Alan Bean

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first and second lunar landing. In honor of this historic accomplishment, we are highlighting Apollo astronauts, like the fourth person to step foot on the Moon, Alan Bean. Bean’s first trip into space was aboard Apollo 12, where he served as the

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Twins Study research reveals effects of space

Scott Kelly spent a year in space for science. What did NASA learn about his time there? The results of their groundbreaking Twins Study were recently revealed in an article in Science magazine. The research used Kelly and his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, to study the effects of

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