VIDEO: History Up Close – Apollo 13 script

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center's artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, "History Up Close." Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. In 1995, Universal Pictures and Imagine

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Astronaut Selection and Training Process

Though Space Center Houston is closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration with our community. That’s why we are hosting our May Thought Leader Series virtually. As NASA begins to narrow the field of candidates for the newest astronaut class, we explored the astronaut selection and

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Apollo 13 Tool Kit

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. This toolkit was carried in the

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first American in space

On May 5, 1961, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard Jr. became the first American in space. 59 years ago, Shepard launched into space inside his Freedom 7 capsule. The sub-orbital flight lasted just over 15 minutes, traveled greater than 300 miles, and climbed to an altitude of over 116 miles above

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Fred Haise Pressure Suit

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. This pressure suit was fitted as

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Apollo 13 Lunar checklist

This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 13 mission. In our weekly History Up Close video series, we are featuring Apollo 13 artifacts. This week, we are exploring the Apollo 13 Lunar Checklist. If the Apollo 13 mission had gone as planned and the crew

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VIDEO – Apollo 13: Innovation in a Time of Crisis

The Apollo 13 mission was to be the first mission to land in the lunar highlands and to mark the third crewed mission to land on the Moon.   Presented by However on the way to the Moon, the mission suffered an explosion that could have been devastating to the crew.

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Top 10 International Space Station EVA photos

When maintenance needs to be done to the International Space Station, astronauts suit up. Anytime an astronaut leaves a spacecraft and enters the vacuum of space, they are performing an extravehicular activity (EVA), otherwise known as a spacewalk. Spacewalks have been instrumental in the assembly and maintenance of the International

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about the first person in space

59 years ago, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on a historic mission. He journeyed where no one had before and returned safely home. He had just become the first person to orbit the Earth. April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first person in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his

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Top 20 Earth photos from the ISS

Photography has always been an integral part of NASA’s mission to explore worlds beyond our own. It has also provided a unique glimpse of our own home. We’ve compiled the top 20 photos taken onboard the International Space Station (ISS) by astronauts to celebrate planet Earth. See our world through

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