Mission Monday: James Webb Space Telescope

Next year NASA plans to launch the next generation of space telescopes, the James Webb Space Telescope. Get to know this exciting new mission with 10 fast facts in today’s Mission Monday. The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. Webb is an international collaboration between NASA, […]

Trivia: Apollo 8

‘Tis the season for trivia! On this day, 52 years ago, Apollo 8 launched, carrying a crew of three to the Moon for the first time. Celebrate this historic mission with a pop quiz that is sure to test your Apollo knowledge! [wp_quiz id=”43439″] Click here to watch and listen to Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve […]

Mission Monday: The first crewed rendezvous between two spacecraft

55 years ago, two crewed Gemini flights completed a historic first-of-their-kind rendezvous in orbit, propelling NASA ahead of the Soviets in the Space Race, and inching America one step closer to a lunar landing. [envira-gallery id=”43415″] Not everything went according to plan with the first rendezvous. The original plan had been for Gemini VI to […]

Mission Monday: A look back at Apollo 17

Apollo 17, the final lunar mission (so far), was the end of a historic era of human space exploration but promised a return to the Moon. On Dec. 7, 1972, three men launched on a final mission to the Moon. Making up the crew of Apollo 17 were NASA astronauts Eugene Cernan (commander), Harrison Schmitt […]

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 Jett (Commander), Michael Bloomfield (Pilot), […]

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 ISS will continue its role […]

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 31st station mission.. The STS-129 […]

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 Air Force Base in California. […]

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! [wp_quiz id=”42419″]

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 have gathered five fast facts […]