Reaching the Moon took courage, tenacity and innovation. Tragically, it also claimed the lives of 8 brave souls, three of whom perished in the Apollo 1 fire. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee all tragically perished when a spark ignited the oxygen inside the Apollo 1 capsule they were
‘Twas the night before Christmas and from outer space, came a broadcast from the crew of Apollo 8: This holiday season we remember Apollo 8 and the three brave men that set out into deep space to explore a new world, only to discover our own. This Christmastime
Our next guest post comes from Space Center Houston’s scientist-in-residence Dr. John Charles. John was head of the Health and Human Performance Lab at NASA Johnson Space Center for years and worked on projects supporting things from Skylab to Scott Kelly’s Year in Space. John is also an amateur historian
One final time, an Apollo mission lifted off for a rendezvous with another celestial body. One final time, its command module splashed down in the ocean. In between, astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt made history, becoming the last two men to step foot on the moon. The two were
Apollo 17 was NASA’s last mission to the Moon so far. It featured plenty of exciting firsts, including the first scientist to fly into space (Harrison Schmidt was a geologist). It also returned the most tonnage of Moon rocks of any Apollo mission. Mission commander Gene Cernan was an early
It might be hard to believe that the roughly 357-foot International Space Station (ISS) began with a 41.2 foot module that was sent into space in 1998. Its name? Zarya, which translates to “Sunrise” in English. It seems fitting then, that the first module of the ISS to be launched
There are many reasons to celebrate the end of the week, like an astronaut Friday post! Today’s featured astronaut is Mike Hopkins, a current NASA astronaut with an experience-filled past and wide-open future. Read on to see some of the cool things Mike has done, and will do, for NASA.
On Nov. 16, 1973, Skylab 4 launched as the third, and final, crewed mission to America’s first space station, Skylab. Commander Gerald Carr, pilot William Pogue, and scientist Edward Gibson spent a total of 84 days on orbit, which became the record, at the time, for the longest crewed spaceflight.
In the Nov. 15, 2019 installment of our Thought Leader Series, the center hosted a special evening with Apollo flight director Glynn Lunney. One of the flight directors during the Apollo Era, Lunney helped bring home Apollo 13 and was chief of the Apollo flight directors. Glynn Lunney had a
It’s Friday and that means we’re highlighting an astronaut! Today’s featured space traveler is one of NASA’s “Original Seven” astronauts. To commemorate the anniversary of his Apollo 7 flight (Oct. 11), and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program, we’re remembering astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra. In total, Schirra flew aboard