Astronaut Friday: Ronald McNair

In honor of Black History month, today’s Astronaut Friday post is dedicated to remembering a truly remarkable space pioneer, astronaut Ronald McNair. In 1984, McNair became the second African American in space aboard Challenger for STS 41-B, just months after Guion Bluford had become the first aboard STS-8. An accomplished

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Hear the winds of Mars in this NASA video

One of the simplest pleasures in life is listening to the wind whisper through the trees on a warm spring day. On Earth, that is. It’s harder to accomplish that on Mars, since no day is particularly warm and there are no trees. However, thanks to a new video from

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Photo Gallery: Space Exploration Educator Conference 2019

Over 570 educators from around the world are expanding frontiers at our 25th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference this week. The teachers are attending educational and instructional sessions, networking with other educators, touring astronaut training facilities and other iconic NASA locations, and hearing from STEM and education experts on a

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This day in history: Johnson Space Center gets new name

It helps to have friends in high places. As the nascent space program under NASA was coalescing, its leader was Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. A native Texan, Johnson took a special interest in the space race and positioned his home state as a beneficiary. Johnson served as chair of

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Astronaut Friday: Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr.

  We’re back today with another Astronaut Friday post to celebrate the end of the week and an inspiring astronaut! Today’s featured space traveler is a veteran of four space flights, who served as mission specialist aboard STS-8, the first mission to launch (Aug. 30, 1983 at 2:32 am) and

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MindSumo Challenge winner announced

Space Center Houston would like to recognize the winner of our month-long MindSumo challenge, Matthew Gaiser. MindSumo is an online platform that allows college students the opportunity to test their skills by trying to solve problems facing companies all around the world. The challenge that Space Center Houston asked students

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This day in history: Independence Plaza opens

On a cold Jan. 23 morning, a new international landmark opened to the public. Time flies when you’re having fun, especially when you’re inside a Boeing 747 that used to fly the skies. Independence Plaza turns three this year. The monumental exhibit remains a cornerstone of the experience at Space

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Mission Apollo Minute – Apollo 1

Reaching the Moon took courage, tenacity and innovation. Tragically, it also claimed the lives of 8 brave souls, three of whom perished in the Apollo 1 fire. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee all tragically perished when a spark ignited the oxygen inside the Apollo 1 capsule they were

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