Solving Space – Mercury Faith 7

Space Center Houston is proud to have on display in Starship Gallery Faith 7, the final Mercury spacecraft to go into orbit. It is one of five flown Mercury spacecraft on display. Learn More About the Launch and Mission Mercury 9, the final flight of Project Mercury, launched May 15,

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Artemis astronaut feature: Jessica Meir

Last year, NASA named the first Artemis astronauts. The mission to return to the Moon begins with the first Artemis flight scheduled to launch later this year. We are featuring each of the Artemis astronauts to help you get to know these pioneering explorers. This week meet Jessica Meir.  

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Solving Space: 15th Anniversary of New Horizons Launch for Pluto

On Jan. 19, 2006 New Horizons launched! It was the first mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt. Learn More About the Launch In this image: From among four lightning masts surrounding the launch pad, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft lifted off the launch pad aboard an Atlas V

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Solving Space: Skylab 1-G Trainer

  How could astronauts live and work in space for prolonged periods of time? Apollo missions had lasted a maximum of no more than two weeks. But NASA had a bigger vision: Skylab, America’s first space station. First, though, the NASA team needed to learn how to support the Skylab

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Monthly Quiz: Independence Plaza

In 2016, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened to the public! In celebration of Independence Plaza’s fifth anniversary, take our monthly quiz to test out your knowledge of this landmark exhibit!

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Solving Space: Happy 5th Anniversary, Independence Plaza!

Five years ago, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened as a permanent exhibit here at Space Center Houston! This international landmark offers an experience like nothing else in the world: visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft,

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Remembering Dr. George Carruthers

We remember Dr. George Carruthers, who passed away Dec. 26. During his career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Dr. Carruthers invented the first Moon-based astronomy observatory, which was placed by Apollo 16 astronauts on the lunar surface. Working for the Naval Research Laboratory, Carruthers received a patent for a

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Illuminating Space

Did you know astronauts aboard the International Space Station experience about 16 “sunsets” per day because the station circles Earth every 90 minutes? These changes in light can affect crewmembers’ circadian rhythm and cause sleep disruptions. As a result, NASA has been studying light and its effects on space exploration

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Mission Monday: The first crewed rendezvous between two spacecraft

55 years ago, two crewed Gemini flights completed a historic first-of-their-kind rendezvous in orbit, propelling NASA ahead of the Soviets in the Space Race, and inching America one step closer to a lunar landing. Not everything went according to plan with the first rendezvous. The original plan had been for

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Mission Monday: A popular week for space missions

Through the decades, the first week of December has been a popular time for space missions. Look back at eight flights that launched this week ranging from 1965 to 2001 with these fast facts. STS-97 Launch date: Nov. 30, 2000 Landing date: Dec. 11, 2000 Spacecraft: Shuttle Endeavour Crew: Brent

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