VIDEO: Apollo 13 Lunar Module Plaque Replica

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 Lunar Module Plaque Replica. Each of the Apollo LMs bore a curved plaque around one of

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Apollo 13 recovery

Apollo 13 Trivia: Week 2

This month we are highlighting all things Apollo 13. You may recall this notable mission due to the hit blockbuster film. Think you can sort fact from fiction? Test your knowledge below!

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The Mercury 7

Mission Monday: NASA announces Mercury 7, America’s first astronaut class

Last week NASA announced they received 12,000 new astronaut applications during the most recent call for applicants, the second highest number ever received. As we celebrate this milestone, we want to look back at the anniversary of the very first astronaut class selected 61 years ago this week. The new

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Faith 7

We are bringing our artifacts to you in our History Up Close video series. This week are featuring the Mercury 9 Faith 7 capsule. Learn more about Faith 7

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Apollo 13 crew portrait

Apollo 13 Trivia: Week 1

This month we are highlighting all things Apollo 13. You may recall this notable mission due to the hit blockbuster film. Think you can sort fact from fiction? Test your knowledge below!

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Apollo mission quarantine procedures

Did you know that Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong celebrated his 39th birthday in quarantine after returning from the historic Apollo 11 mission? Astronauts on the Apollo 11, 12 and 14 missions were quarantined after returning from the Moon. The quarantine lasted 21 days from the time they were first exposed

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Colorful, creative, and iconic NASA mission patches

NASA has a long-standing tradition of designing custom patches to accompany each space exploration mission. Hear from a NASA patch expert and explore some of our favorite patches in this post. Mission patches are emblems designed and worn by astronauts and people affiliated with a mission. The patches depict an

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Remembering Apollo astronaut Al Worden

Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden died in his sleep March 17 after a storied career that saw him become one of 24 people to visit the Moon. For three days in 1971, Al Worden was the most isolated person in the world. Worden was the command module pilot for Apollo

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Space food: From creation to consumption

Did you know that tortillas have been a staple aboard the International Space Station (ISS) since 1985? Besides being delicious, tortillas produce fewer crumbs that could float around the station in microgravity compared to bread and other baked goods. Space food has to be high quality and appetizing for astronauts,

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Mission Monday: Pioneer 4 becomes first American spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit

Since opening its doors in 1958, one of the core objectives of NASA has been to explore worlds beyond our own. On March 3, 1959, the young space agency achieved a thrilling milestone when it launched Pioneer 4, the first American spacecraft to travel beyond Earth orbit. Not long after

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