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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Mission Monday Infographic: Skylab I mission highlights

Before the International Space Station, there was Skylab, America’s first space station. Scroll through the infographic below to learn more about Skylab I. Click here to explore the Skylab 1-G Trainer in 360 and learn more.

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Top 10 mission launch photos

Launches have always been an exhilarating part of human spaceflight history. Whether it was the mighty Saturn V propelling astronauts to the Moon or the final flight of the world’s first reusable spacecraft, there have been many thrilling historic liftoffs. Relive the excitement by scrolling through our favorite 10 images

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Apollo 17 spacecraft

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 the Apollo 17 command module. One of three flown spacecraft in Space Center Houston’s permanent collection, the Apollo 17 command module

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Van Allen radiation belts

What are the Van Allen radiation belts?

Today we are exploring the Van Allen radiation belts. Find out what they are, when they were discovered, how we study them and more! What belts does earth wear? Van Allen radiation belts.  Over 60 years ago, the United States launched its first satellite into space: Explorer 1, which included

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Exploring Einstein’s world

"Matter tells spacetime how to curve, and curved spacetime tells matter how to move." -J.A. Wheeler Issac Newton’s laws described the motion of objects and gravitation. Published in 1687, Newton’s formulas are still used to describe and calculate rocket trajectories, the motion of satellites and the International Space Station. Although

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