Remembering Astronaut Gerald Carr

Former astronaut Gerald Carr, who commanded the last Skylab mission, passed away Aug. 26, 2020 in Albany, NY. As commander of the Skylab 4 mission, Carr and his crew conducted a remarkable science program that included a wealth of biomedical investigations designed to test the effects of long duration spaceflight

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Photo Gallery – Mission: Control the Spread exhibit

In our new exhibit Mission: Control the Spread, you can see some of the amazing devices NASA is innovating to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Explore the photo gallery below to get a quick look at this new exhibit now on display.

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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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Mission Monday: NASA develops ventilator for COVID-19 patients

In this week’s Mission Monday, we are exploring a recent NASA innovation helping the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California designed a new high-pressure ventilator tailored specifically to treat COVID-19 patients. The device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), is designed to treat

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Space Tourism For All: Overcoming Challenges

Learn how experts are overcoming the challenges of spaceflight for those with disabilities in our July Thought Leader Series, presented by The University of Texas Medical Branch. Learn about NASA and commercial innovations that could create new opportunities for individuals to visit space. Hear from Dr. Mark Sheehan, Dr. Richard

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Mission Monday: Five fast facts about Telstar, the world’s first active communications satellite

58 years ago this week, NASA launched Telstar, the world’s first active communications satellite, into low-Earth orbit. The feat captured imaginations around the globe and sparked a new age of instant worldwide communications. Communication hasn’t always been instantaneous. However, 58 years ago, a beach-ball sized satellite sparked a new era

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Try this at home Part 4 – NASA wearable that reminds you not to touch your face

While NASA scientists and engineers are designing the next generation of spacecraft, they are also inventing new devices and tools that help us here on Earth. Most recently, NASA invented a wearable that reminds you not to touch your face to help slow the spread of Coronavirus. Build your own

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D.C. NASA Headquarters Renamed in Honor of Mary W. Jackson

Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters. That’s the new name of the NASA headquarters building in Washington, D.C. on “Hidden Figures Way,” announced NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Wednesday. Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005) successfully overcame the barriers of segregation and gender bias to become a professional aerospace engineer and leader in

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Photo Puzzle: D.C. NASA Headquarters

This NASA Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. was recently renamed to honor an important figure in NASA history. This person started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. She was a mathematician and aerospace engineer, went on to lead

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Demo-2 liftoff

Top 15 Demo-2 launch photos

It’s official. Astronauts are once again launching to the International Space Station from American soil, something that hasn’t been done since the Space Shuttle Program concluded in 2011. On Saturday, May 30, at 2:22 p.m. CT, America watched as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rocketed into orbit in their SpaceX

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