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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Mission Monday: Expedition 61 Returns

On Feb. 6, astronauts Christina Koch and Luca Parmitano and cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov returned from the International Space Station. As part of Expedition 61, this trio contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development. Parmitano and Skvortsov spent 201 days in space,

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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Hits New Milestone

NASA’s return to launching astronauts from American soil took another step forward earlier this month. SpaceX had a successful test of the in-flight abort capabilities of its Dragon capsule aboard a Falcon 9 rocket. What does all that mean? Find out here!  What happened? NASA and SpaceX completed a launch

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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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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – How the Space Station shapes research, exploration and international cooperation

Explore the International Space Station with industry experts Kirk Shireman, Mark Mulqueen, TJ Creamer, and Tamara Cougar in the this Jan. 9 installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series, presented by University of Texas Medical Branch Learn more about Thought Leader Series

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Mission Monday: Mars 2020

We are starting a new tradition in 2020 where every Monday we highlight a particular science or space exploration mission. Sometimes we will revisit significant missions in space history, and other times we will explore exciting future missions. The first mission we are featuring is Mars 2020, NASA’s next mission

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VIDEO: 2019 – A Year In Review

As we close out the year of Apollo, it gives us time to reflect on what a wonderful time it’s been. This year, we’ve already welcomed more than 1.1 million visitors to date, marking our highest annual attendance since opening in 1992. We had our best-ever Spring Break, June, July

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Happy Holidays

So that our crew members can spend valuable time with friends and family, Galaxy Lights will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Space Center Houston will be closed on Christmas Day. We will reopen Thursday, Dec. 26 at 9 a.m. We wish everyone a happy holiday! Click

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NASA now testing AstroRad vest on station

The newest version of the AstroRad vest is currently being studied aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The findings could help inform NASA’s plans for future missions to the Moon and Mars. What is the vest? To survive deep space exploration, astronauts will have to weather radiation that is orders

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Parker Solar Probe already showing new sides of the Sun

In August 2018, the Parker Solar Probe launched, looking at our solar system’s center. The probe is the first to study the Sun up close.  Last year, we ran down the mission objectives of the exciting mission. But just this month, the scientific team behind the probe released its first

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