Sojourner rover

Mission Monday: Remembering Pathfinder

This week we are celebrating American ingenuity with the anniversary of Pathfinder, which landed on Mars on Independence Day in 1997. What was NASA’s Pathfinder mission? Pathfinder was the second mission in NASA’s Discovery Program, which centered around fast track, low-cost missions with a focus on scientific objectives. It was

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Mission Monday: Fast facts about STS-4 & STS-71

This week we are celebrating the historic launch of two shuttle missions that rocketed into space on the same day, 13 years apart. Look back at both iconic flights with three fast facts about each mission. STS-4 On June 27, 1982, STS-4 lifted off. Two NASA astronauts, Thomas Mattingly and

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Sally Ride STS-7

Mission Monday: The first women in space

This week marks two important milestones in space exploration history. Two days and two decades apart, the first woman and the first American woman traveled to space. The first woman in space In June 1963, the first woman rocketed into space. Her name was Valentina Tereshkova and she bravely went

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Crew portrait of STS-117

Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the STS-117 mission

On June 8, 2007, the shuttle orbiter Atlantis lifted off for the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station. It was the 21st mission to send a shuttle to the station. The nearly 14-day flight was an assembly mission. The crew conducted four spacewalks to install and activate the second

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first American spacewalk

On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White stepped out of his Gemini capsule and into space for the first American spacewalk. Attached by only a 23 foot tether and 25 foot umbilical, White floated in space for roughly 20 minutes. Circling the Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles

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Skylab launch

Mission Monday: America’s first space station launches into space

Before the International Space Station, there was Skylab, America’s first space station. The mighty Saturn V rocket made its farewell on May 14, 1973, as Skylab launched into orbit. It marked the beginning of a new and exciting journey in human spaceflight. The planning for America’s first space station began

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first American in space

On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American in space. 59 years ago, Shepard launched into space inside his Freedom 7 capsule. The sub-orbital flight lasted just over 15 minutes, traveled greater than 300 miles, and climbed to an altitude of over 116 miles above

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Mission Monday: ISS as a National Laboratory

The International Space Station was designated a “national lab” in 2005. In its 20 years of existence, some groundbreaking research has been done in its cozy confines. The work continues every day. With each crew launch and supply mission, new experiments and research is delivered to and from space. Back

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Expedition 63 launch.

Mission Monday: Two Space Station expeditions launch and land in April

This month two International Space Station missions launched and landed. Get a glimpse into Expedition 62 and 63 in this Mission Monday post! Expedition 63 launches to the International Space Station On April 9, the crew of Expedition 63 launched into space aboard their Soyuz spacecraft. Shortly after launch, the

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first person in space

59 years ago, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on a historic mission. He journeyed where no one had before and returned safely home. He had just become the first person to orbit the Earth. April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first person in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his

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