Richard Gordon suiting up

Top 10 photos of astronauts suiting up

Did you know temperatures in Earth’s orbit can be as cold as minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit and as hot as 250 degrees? Astronauts need suits to protect them from those extreme temperatures and harsh environments, but suiting up is no simple task. Getting into the heavy and complex suits requires

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First all-woman spacewalk

Spacewalk trivia: Week 2

This month’s trivia features historic spacewalks and extravehicular activity. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more trivia on spacewalks!

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Crew portrait of STS-117

Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the STS-117 mission

On June 8, 2007, the shuttle orbiter Atlantis lifted off for the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station. It was the 21st mission to send a shuttle to the station. The nearly 14-day flight was an assembly mission. The crew conducted four spacewalks to install and activate the second

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Video: Virtual Astronaut Visit – Dr. Leroy Chiao

Hear first-hand space exploration stories from retired astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao in this May 29, 2020 Virtual Astronaut Visit. Chiao was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and is a veteran of four spaceflights. He logged a total of 229 days in space, including 36 hours of spacewalk time. He

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Apollo fuel cell

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring an Apollo 13 fuel cell. Electricity for the Apollo Command Module was generated by fuel cells, like this one. A set

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Demo-2 liftoff

Top 15 Demo-2 launch photos

It’s official. Astronauts are once again launching to the International Space Station from American soil, something that hasn’t been done since the Space Shuttle Program concluded in 2011. On Saturday, May 30, at 2:22 p.m. CT, America watched as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rocketed into orbit in their SpaceX

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Ed White spacewalk

First American spacewalk trivia: Week 1

This month’s trivia features historic spacewalks and extravehicular activity. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more trivia on spacewalks!

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first American spacewalk

On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White stepped out of his Gemini capsule and into space for the first American spacewalk. Attached by only a 23 foot tether and 25 foot umbilical, White floated in space for roughly 20 minutes. Circling the Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles

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Karen Nyberg at the cupola

Top 10 photos of astronauts at the cupola

The cupola is possibly one of the most famous modules onboard the International Space Station. This impressive observation deck is where astronauts capture some of the most awe-inspiring images of our world below. Astronauts use the cupola for a variety of functions, including Earth observations and the monitoring of spacewalks

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What is the Kuiper Belt?

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration. In this series, we’ll take a quick tour through a science or space topic. Today we are exploring the Kuiper Belt. Where do comets come from? Where does the dwarf planet Pluto reside? Where

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