Photo Gallery: Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

How do astronauts prepare for spacewalking in zero gravity? They practice in a giant pool, called the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, or NBL. Located at NASA’s Sonny Carter Training Facility near Johnson Space Center (JSC), the NBL serves as the perfect training center for astronauts as they prepare for their spaceflight missions. Although astronauts do not […]

Photo Gallery: Astronauts in Space

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space. Since that historic milestone, many more astronauts have followed. For more than half a century, men and women have lived and worked in space to learn more about the Earth and our solar system, and to study the effects of zero gravity on the human […]

Spacecraft Spotlight: Space Shuttle

In our new Spacecraft Spotlight blog series, we are featuring different spacecraft and highlighting their unique features and significant contributions to the history of space exploration. This month we are spotlighting the space shuttle, the world’s first reusable spacecraft. NASA’s Space Shuttle Program at a glance First shuttle launch: Columbia, April 12, 1981 Final shuttle […]

Women in STEM: Katherine Johnson

There are so many amazing women working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers. In this series, we are shining a spotlight on a few of them. We hope you’re just as inspired by them as we are. This month, we are highlighting NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who was instrumental to the early success […]

Celebrating Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, Space Center Houston celebrates the African-American mathematicians, engineers, scientists, administrators, and astronauts who have contributed to the success of our nation’s human spaceflight programs. From NASA’s hidden figures to the promise of landing the first person of color on the lunar surface with Artemis, African-Americans have a rich history […]

Photo Gallery: Rocket Launches

Space exploration is fueled by successful rocket launches, from the Saturn V launching the first humans to the Moon, to the success of the SpaceX Falcon 9, the world’s first reusable orbital class rocket! Through the decades, rockets have been modified and improved, built bigger, faster, and more powerful. They have launched astronauts, scientific instruments, […]

Spacecraft Spotlight: Explorer 1

In our new Spacecraft Spotlight blog series, we are featuring different spacecraft and highlighting their unique features and significant contributions to the history of space exploration. This week we are spotlighting Explorer 1, America’s first satellite. Following the two successful Sputnik launches by the Soviet Union in 1957, America felt mounting pressure to launch a […]

Remembering NASA Astronaut Rich Clifford

Retired NASA astronaut Michael “Rich” Clifford died recently due to complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 69. Clifford went to space three times in his NASA career, spending 27 days and more than 665 hours in orbit. He also was the first NASA astronaut to make a spacewalk while docked to a space station. NASA […]

New Artifact: Gene Kranz’s Mug

Travel though space history in our Starship Gallery timeline and see a new artifact – Gene Kranz’s Mug. Flight controllers gave this custom mug to Flight Director Gene Kranz after a flu outbreak among his Mission Control team in the mid-1960’s. They jokingly called him “Flu FD,” short for “flu flight director.” This personal item […]

Solving Space – Early rocketry

[sp name=’GoddardRocket’] This fall, we are exploring how space inspires progress. Solve space today by unscrambling this image of the Goddard rocket, which paved the way for the mighty liquid-fuel rockets of today. When you think of a rocket, what is the first image that comes to mind? Is it the mighty Saturn V that […]