Astrosteers: What is NASA’s Longhorn Project?

The last thing one might expect to see while visiting NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) is often the first thing many visitors notice, longhorn cattle grazing right across from a mighty Saturn V rocket! Longhorns at NASA? Just what is that all about? A picture on the wall of former

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Pop Quiz: Pioneering Missions and Discoveries

This month’s pop quiz is all about the pioneering missions and discoveries that have made a significant contribution in human spaceflight. Take the quiz to test out your space history knowledge!

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Solving Space: Aurora Australis by NASA’s IMAGE Spacecraft

On April 22, 1970, the world marked the first Earth Day. To celebrate, we’re sharing amazing images of Earth from space! Solve Space by unscrambling this view of the aurora australis (southern lights) four days after a record-setting solar flare sent plasma—an ionized gas of protons and electrons—flying towards the

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Photo Gallery: STS-1 40th anniversary

When Space Shuttle Columbia took to the skies on its maiden voyage on April 12, 1981, a new era of spaceflight took wing. Browse through the photos of the historic STS-1 mission below. These two astronauts are the prime crewmen for the first flight in the Space Transportation System (STS-1)

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The story behind our Orbiter Access Arm

Have you seen the shuttle-era Orbiter Access Arm in Independence Plaza? Find out how this historic artifact found its way to Space City all the way from the Space Coast in today’s blog post. What is the Orbiter Access Arm? The Orbiter Access Arm (OAA), also called the gantry, spanned

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Solving Space: STS-3 landing

After a successful eight-day mission, the space shuttle Columbia (STS-3) made history as the first to end on New Mexico soil when it landed at the Northrup strip on White Sands Missile Range. Solve Space by unscrambling this image and note the two T-38 chase planes escorting it in, learn

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Artemis astronaut feature: Christina Koch

Last year, NASA named the first Artemis astronauts. The mission to return to the Moon begins with the first Artemis flight scheduled to launch later this year. We are featuring each of the Artemis astronauts to help you get to know these pioneering explorers. This week meet Christina Koch.  

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Solving Space: Gemini III Launch

Gemini III launched March 23, 1965 with Prime Crew astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom and John W. Young. NASA’s two-man Gemini spaceflights demonstrated that astronauts could change their capsule’s orbit, remain in space for at least two weeks and work outside their spacecraft–all essential skills to land on the moon

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Scott Kelly giving himself the flu shot in space

NASA vaccine research in microgravity

Get the scoop on NASA’s microgravity-based vaccine development studies and why it’s important to research vaccines in space in today’s blog post. Thanks to NASA, vaccine development is being streamlined as a result of studies being conducted in microgravity onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Early microgravity-based vaccine development research

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Remembering Apollo-era flight director Glynn Lunney

Apollo-era flight director Glynn Lunney passed away on March 19. Lunney had a long and storied career, beginning when NASA was founded in 1958 and ending nearly 30 years later during the Space Shuttle Program. Born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania on Nov. 27, 1936, Lunney grew up with a fascination

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