OTD: Gemini V launched on a Titan II

On August 21, Gemini V launched on a Titan II, 10 a.m., EDT, Cape Canaveral, Fla. This was the third crewed Gemini flight. In Greek, Gemini means “Twins” and aptly this flight carried two astronauts: Gordon L. Cooper, Jr. and Charles “Pete” P. Conrad, Jr. They were on an eight-day

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Earth from Above: Explaining the Overview Effect

Traveling to space is a singular event in any person’s life. But seeing our “big blue marble” from orbit can change perspectives. In our August Thought Leader Series, presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch, astronaut Don Pettit, author Frank White and NASA psychologist Tom Williams discuss the overview

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Photo Gallery: The Overview Effect

Can you imagine gazing down upon Earth as you float weightless in space, seeing the world in a way so few will ever see it? Do you think the experience might change your perspective? Apparently, it can, and does. This phenomenon has come to be known as the overview effect,

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Robert Goddard

Rocket Trivia: Week 2

Blast off with this month’s trivia, all about rockets, from the mighty Saturn V that propelled the first men to the Moon to SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9! Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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Enterprise free-flight

Mission Monday: First free-flight test of space shuttle Enterprise

Forty-three years ago, on Aug. 12, 1977, Enterprise took the next giant leap in NASA’s space shuttle Approach and Landing Test (ALT) program: free-flight. Earlier that year, Enterprise, NASA’s first space shuttle orbiter, arrived at Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Following eight captive-carry flights,

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NASA tram tour

Rocket Trivia: Week 1

Blast off with this month’s trivia, all about rockets, from the mighty Saturn V that propelled the first men to the Moon to SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9! Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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#OTD: First Use of the Lunar Roving Vehicle – July 31, 1971

On this day, July 31, 1971, Apollo 15 became the first mission to use the Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV). The Apollo 15 LRV was driven by astronauts David Scott and Jim Irwin. About the Lunar Roving Vehicle The LRV was a lightweight, electric vehicle designed to operate in the low-gravity vacuum

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NASA's MRO

Mission Monday: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter still circling the red planet 14 years after arrival

In this week’s Mission Monday, we are featuring a NASA mission that has provided scientists with nearly 400 Terabits of data about the red planet. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has studied the red planet’s atmosphere and terrain from orbit since 2006 and serves as a key data relay station

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First crewed lunar landing

Mission Monday: Two historic landings, seven years apart

On the same date, seven years apart, two historic missions landed on vastly different worlds from our own. These missions were the first of their kind, true pioneering expeditions for the good of all humankind. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 touched down on the lunar surface. Just seven years

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ASTP crew portrait

Mission Monday: The first international docking in space

Long before the International Space Station and the Shuttle-Mir flights, there was the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a trailblazing mission where American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts worked side by side for the first time. This year, as we celebrate 20 years of continuous human presence on the International Space Station, a

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