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Mission Monday: Preparing people to go to the Moon and beyond with Artemis

NASA once again set its eyes on the Moon, but the road back won’t be easy. A team of NASA researchers and scientists are figuring out how to best prepare astronauts for these longer duration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. NASA’s Artemis program seeks to land the first

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Mission Monday: Gemini 8 and Agena, the first docking with an uncrewed spacecraft

On this day in 1966, Neil Armstrong and David Scott made history when they successfully docked Gemini 8 with the Agena target vehicle in space. This marked the first docking with an uncrewed spacecraft in Earth orbit. Nestled in between NASA’s Mercury and Apollo programs, Gemini (1965-1966) focused on testing

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Mission Monday: Pioneer 4 becomes first American spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit

Since opening its doors in 1958, one of the core objectives of NASA has been to explore worlds beyond our own. On March 3, 1959, the young space agency achieved a thrilling milestone when it launched Pioneer 4, the first American spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit. Not long after

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Mission Monday: Apollo-Saturn 201 flight debuts Saturn IB rocket

On the pathway to the Moon, there were more small steps than Neil Armstrong’s off the Lunar Module on July 20, 1969. NASA also had to step its way up to the Saturn V rocket. One of those steps was called the Saturn IB. On Feb. 26, 1966, the first

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Mission Monday: Enterprise Flies Into A New Era

It had no engines. It had no heat shield. But because of it, NASA was able to go where no one had gone before…reusably. The first orbiter of the Space Shuttle Program made its first flight on Feb. 18, 1977. It was a proof of concept for the previously radical

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Mission Monday: STS-60 – A new golden era in space collaboration

Today in 1994, STS-60 launched as the first flight of the year for Space Shuttle Discovery. This eight-day mission was the first shuttle mission where a Russian cosmonaut joined the crew. The STS-60 crew included commander Charles F. Bolden Jr., Pilot Kenneth F. Reightler Jr. and Mission Specialists N. Jan

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Mission Monday: Space flight tragedies

Space Exploration takes courage, tenacity, and innovation. Tragically, it has also claimed the lives of three brave crews. In this Mission Monday, we are going to look back at these missions and the heroic astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice for space exploration. Apollo 1 – Jan. 27, 1967 Gus

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Mission Monday: Getting to know the space station

Space Station vocabulary Module: a self-contained unit of a spacecraft Truss: a beam that serves as the space station’s backbone to which some parts are connected Airlock: an airtight room with two entrances that allows an astronaut to go on a spacewalk without letting the air out of the spacecraft

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