VIDEO: History Up Close – Historic Mission Control Console

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a historic Mission Control console. These consoles had less computing power than your smartphone, but helped navigate the Apollo Program to

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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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Clean Room trivia: Week 1

This month’s trivia is all about clean rooms, which play an important role in protecting satellites, spacecraft, and equipment prior to launch. Test your knowledge below and check back next week for more fun spaceflight trivia!

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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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Sojourner rover

Mission Monday: Remembering Pathfinder

This week we are celebrating American ingenuity with the anniversary of Pathfinder, which landed on Mars on Independence Day in 1997. What was NASA’s Pathfinder mission? Pathfinder was the second mission in NASA’s Discovery Program, which centered around fast track, low-cost missions with a focus on scientific objectives. It was

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VIDEO: History Up Close – Kennedy Podium

Get closer than ever before with some of our science and space exploration learning center’s artifacts and exhibits in our new video series, “History Up Close.” Today, we are exploring a special artifact we have in honor of the famous speech President John F. Kennedy made that marked a pivotal

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Richard Gordon suiting up

Top 10 photos of astronauts suiting up

Did you know temperatures in Earth’s orbit can be as cold as minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit and as hot as 250 degrees? Astronauts need suits to protect them from those extreme temperatures and harsh environments, but suiting up is no simple task. Getting into the heavy and complex suits requires

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What is the Kuiper Belt?

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space exploration. In this series, we’ll take a quick tour through a science or space topic. Today we are exploring the Kuiper Belt. Where do comets come from? Where does the dwarf planet Pluto reside? Where

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Try this at home Part 3: Build a sextant

Though the center is temporarily closed, we are still passionate about sharing science and space! In this series, get hands-on with some fun and educational activities to do at home with the kiddos. Build your own sextant Objective Investigate celestial navigation, also known as astronavigation, and build a sextant to

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10 Space Center Houston photos for your video call background

Bring a little space to your next video call by using these iconic photos of Space Center Houston exhibits and artifacts as your background! (Click each photo to open a high resolution version.) 1. SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket 2. Cockpit of the historic shuttle aircraft carrier NASA 905 3. Apollo

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