Mission Exploration: Science Officer

It takes a significant number of people working in a diverse variety of roles to build the next chapter of American space exploration. In our Mission Exploration experience, you can explore the center and complete mission checklists through the eyes of four different NASA roles. Today we are featuring the

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International Deaf Week 2020

Did you know that International Deaf Week 2020 is Sept. 21-27 and Sept. 23 is International Day of Sign Languages? The International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is an initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was first launched in 1958 in Rome, Italy. It is celebrated

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Try this at home: Make your own COVID-19 Respirator

The current novel coronavirus–named “severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2” (SARS-CoV-2)–is a virus that can spread from person to person. While COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness, the most severe cases can lead to respiratory distress. One of the most important methods to prevent

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Try this at home: Build a Greenhouse for Mars

Build Your Own Greenhouse Objective Observe how a greenhouse functions as a plant support, and how the greenhouse affects the soil temperature and moisture levels, using plastic cups, soil, and water.  Background How can Mars support human life? If humans build colonies on Mars, they will need to be able

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Try this at home Part 4 – NASA wearable that reminds you not to touch your face

While NASA scientists and engineers are designing the next generation of spacecraft, they are also inventing new devices and tools that help us here on Earth. Most recently, NASA invented a wearable that reminds you not to touch your face to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. Build your own

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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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New! Summer Clean Room Camps

How can you teach youth to interact safely with an environment and other people? Our new Clean Room Explorer Camps for ages 6-11 and Clean Room Space Center U programs for ages 11-18 educate participants in an immersive way while also maintaining health and safety. What is a NASA clean

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Summer Clean Room Explorer Camps

Today’s world has created many challenges in terms of personal safety and interacting with others. Fortunately, NASA has plenty of experience in protecting not only humans, but also other worlds from potentially harmful cross contamination. Our new Clean Room Explorer Camps teach children ages 6-11 about NASA clean room procedures

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Video: Virtual Astronaut Visit – Dr. Leroy Chiao

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

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Van Allen radiation belts

What are the Van Allen radiation belts?

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration. In this series, we’ll take a quick tour through a science or space topic. Today we are exploring the Van Allen radiation belts. What belts does earth wear? Van Allen radiation belts.  Over 60

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