Peggy Whitson 8th spacewalk

Spacewalk trivia: Week 4

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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STS-71

Mission Monday: Fast facts about STS-4 & STS-71

This week we are celebrating the historic launch of two shuttle missions that rocketed into space on the same day, 13 years apart. Look back at both iconic flights with three fast facts about each mission. STS-4 On June 27, 1982, STS-4 lifted off. Two NASA astronauts, Thomas Mattingly and

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Human Robotic Interaction

Though Space Center Houston is closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration with our community. That’s why we are hosted our June Thought Leader Series virtually. Are you curious about NASA’s innovative rovers, dynamic exoskeletons, and autonomous robonauts? Learn about the future of space robotics in

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STS-49 EVA

Spacewalk trivia: Week 3

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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Sally Ride STS-7

Mission Monday: The first women in space

This week marks two important milestones in space exploration history. Two days and two decades apart, the first woman and the first American woman traveled to space. The first woman in space In June 1963, the first woman rocketed into space. Her name was Valentina Tereshkova and she bravely went

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Pete Conrad Suit

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 a historic Apollo-era space suit. This suit was worn by Apollo 12 commander, Charles “Pete” Conrad, when he became the third

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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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