Try this at home: Build a Greenhouse for Mars

Build Your Own Greenhouse Objective Observe how a greenhouse functions as a plant support, and how the greenhouse affects the soil temperature and moisture levels, using plastic cups, soil, and water.  Background How can Mars support human life? If humans build colonies on Mars, they will need to be able

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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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RoboSimian

Top 10 NASA robotics photo gallery

From roaming rovers to robots that will mine the Moon, NASA’s got it all. Take a look at some of the agency’s robotic creations and cutting edge laboratories that are shaping the future of space exploration. Explore NASA’s technical side with our top 10 NASA robotics photo gallery! Learn more

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James Webb Telescope clean room

Top 10 NASA clean room photos

Prior to launch, rovers, space telescopes and more, are housed in clean rooms to prevent damage from being done to these precious payloads. NASA has many clean rooms throughout the country between all its facilities, including its academic and commercial partner facilities. These clean rooms help to keep critical flight

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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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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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New! Summer Clean Room Camps

How can you teach youth to interact safely with an environment and other people? Our new Clean Room Explorer Camps for ages 6-11 and Clean Room Space Center U programs for ages 11-18 educate participants in an immersive way while also maintaining health and safety. What is a NASA clean

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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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