STS-97 spacewalk

Mission Monday: A popular week for space missions

Through the decades, the first week of December has been a popular time for space missions. Look back at eight flights that launched this week ranging from 1965 to 2001 with these fast facts. STS-97 Launch date: Nov. 30, 2000 Landing date: Dec. 11, 2000 Spacecraft: Shuttle Endeavour Crew: Brent

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Looking out of the cupola

Mission Monday: What does the future hold for the Space Station?

This month marked 20 years of continuous human presence onboard the International Space Station (ISS), a remarkable feat. But what does the future hold for the world’s orbital laboratory? Let’s take a quick look at some of the ideas and plans NASA holds for the future of the ISS. The

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STS-129 launch

Mission Monday – STS-129 launches eleven years ago today

On Nov. 16, 2009, shuttle orbiter Atlantis launched to the International Space Station (ISS) carrying a crew of six for the STS-129 mission. It was eleven years ago this week, that Atlantis lifted off into history. The launch marked the 129th shuttle flight in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program and the

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STS-5 crew

Mission Monday: STS-5, the first operational shuttle mission

38 years ago, this week, the shuttle orbiter Columbia, carrying a crew of four, rocketed into space for STS-5, the fifth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the first operational shuttle mission in NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. The flight lasted just over five days, landing on Nov. 16, 1982 at Edwards

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Expedition 1

Trivia: Expedition 1

Twenty years ago this week, Expedition 1 docked with the International Space Station, kicking off two decades of uninterrupted human presence onboard the orbital laboratory. Today we are celebrating this anniversary and historic moment in spaceflight history with a pop quiz!

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Mission Monday – Our Shuttle Carrier Aircraft celebrates its 50th birthday

This month, one of the largest artifacts at the center turns fifty! One of only two NASA shuttle carrier aircraft in the world, NASA 905 is still capturing the imagination of visitors from across the globe, even in retirement. In celebration of NASA’s original shuttle carrier aircraft turning 50, we

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Mission Monday – Creepy, Crawly science on station

Fruit flies, flatworms, and roundworms, oh my! It’s almost Halloween, so we are highlighting three creepy, crawly science experiments that have taken place onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Try not to squirm in your seat while we introduce you to some eerie model organisms being studied in space! Fruit

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Crew of Apollo 7 return

Mission Monday: Two historic firsts for NASA, one decade apart

On Oct. 11, 1958, NASA launched its first spacecraft, just ten days after the fledgling space agency opened its doors. Exactly one decade later, NASA achieved another first, launching the first crewed Apollo mission. Just ten years separated NASA’s first launch, Pioneer 1, from its first crewed Apollo launch, Apollo

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Expedition 15/16 crew members

Mission Monday: Peggy Whitson becomes the first female ISS commander with Expedition 16

On just her second spaceflight, Expedition 16, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson became the first woman to command the International Space Station. This year marks a milestone in spaceflight history, 20 years of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station (ISS). As we celebrate this monumental anniversary and honor the

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Astrobee on station

Mission Monday – New robot crew members aboard space station

The ISS recently added a few new crew members. Named Astrobee, the three free-flying, cube-shaped robots are designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in microgravity. These robots are going to assist astronauts with routine chores and give ground controllers additional eyes and ears on

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