VIDEO: First Army Enlistment Oath Administered from the International Space Station

We made history at Space Center Houston yesterday by hosting the first live Oath of Enlistment, or “swear-in,” ceremony administered from space. Army Colonel and NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), swore in over 800 military recruits around the country including nearly 40 military recruits

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Black History Month Trivia: Week 3

This month we are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting some of the space exploration achievements and milestones of African American astronauts and scientists. Test your knowledge below!

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NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Katherine Johnson was a leading light at NASA and an indispensable part of its early space exploration programs. She died on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Before there were mechanical computers, there was Katherine Johnson. Her mathematical prowess helped keep astronauts safe and on course during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions.

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VIDEO: Gallaudet 11 – The Deaf Right Stuff

Before NASA could send humans to space, the agency needed to better understand the effects of prolonged weightlessness on the human body. In the late 1950s, NASA and the U.S. Naval School of Aviation Medicine established a joint research program to study these effects and recruited 11 deaf men aged

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Mission Monday: Enterprise Flies Into A New Era

It had no engines. It had no heat shield. But because of it, NASA was able to go where no one had gone before…reusably. The first orbiter of the Space Shuttle Program made its first flight on Feb. 18, 1977. It was a proof of concept for the previously radical

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Challenges of Building the Space Station

Explore the challenges of building the International Space Station (ISS) from retired NASA astronauts Scott Parazynski and Mike Foreman in this Feb. 6 installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series, presented by University of Texas Medical Branch The presentation is moderated by Space Center Houston scientist in residence Dr. John

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Mission Monday: STS-60 – A new golden era in space collaboration

Today in 1994, STS-60 launched as the first flight of the year for Space Shuttle Discovery. This eight-day mission was the first shuttle mission where a Russian cosmonaut joined the crew. The STS-60 crew included commander Charles F. Bolden Jr., Pilot Kenneth F. Reightler Jr. and Mission Specialists N. Jan

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Mission Monday: Space flight tragedies

Space Exploration takes courage, tenacity, and innovation. Tragically, it has also claimed the lives of three brave crews. In this Mission Monday, we are going to look back at these missions and the heroic astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice for space exploration. Apollo 1 – Jan. 27, 1967 Gus

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Mission Monday – Reagan launches NASA’s mission to build a space station

In his Jan. 25, 1984 State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan directed NASA to build an international space station. By 2000, the International Space Station (ISS) had its first permanent residents, and this year we are celebrating 20 years of continuous human habitation aboard the floating laboratory. Reagan’s

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Mission Monday: Getting to know the space station

Space Station vocabulary Module: a self-contained unit of a spacecraft Truss: a beam that serves as the space station’s backbone to which some parts are connected Airlock: an airtight room with two entrances that allows an astronaut to go on a spacewalk without letting the air out of the spacecraft

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