Apollo mission quarantine procedures

Did you know that Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong celebrated his 39th birthday in quarantine after returning from the historic Apollo 11 mission? Astronauts on the Apollo 11, 12 and 14 missions were quarantined after returning from the Moon. The quarantine lasted 21 days from the time they were first exposed

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Colorful, creative, and iconic NASA mission patches

NASA has a long-standing tradition of designing custom patches to accompany each space exploration mission. Hear from a NASA patch expert and explore some of our favorite patches in this post. Mission patches are emblems designed and worn by astronauts and people affiliated with a mission. The patches depict an

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Remembering Apollo astronaut Al Worden

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden died in his sleep March 17 after a storied career that saw him become one of 24 people to visit the Moon. For three days in 1971, Al Worden was the most isolated person in the world. Worden was the command module pilot for Apollo

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Space food: From creation to consumption

Did you know that tortillas have been a staple aboard the International Space Station (ISS) since 1985? Besides being delicious, tortillas produce fewer crumbs that could float around the station in microgravity compared to bread and other baked goods. Space food has to be high quality and appetizing for astronauts,

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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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VIDEO: First Army Enlistment Oath Administered from the International Space Station

We made history at Space Center Houston yesterday by hosting the first live Oath of Enlistment, or “swear-in,” ceremony administered from space. Army Colonel and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), swore in over 800 military recruits around the country including nearly 40 military recruits

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Black History Month Trivia: Week 3

This month we are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting some of the space exploration achievements and milestones of African American astronauts and scientists. Test your knowledge below!

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NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Katherine Johnson was a leading light at NASA and an indispensable part of its early space exploration programs. She died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Before there were mechanical computers, there was Katherine Johnson. Her mathematical prowess helped keep astronauts safe and on course during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.

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VIDEO: Gallaudet 11 – The Deaf Right Stuff

Before NASA could send humans to space, the agency needed to better understand the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body. In the late 1950s, NASA and the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine established a joint research program to study these effects and recruited 11 deaf men aged

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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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