The story behind our Orbiter Access Arm

Have you seen the shuttle-era Orbiter Access Arm in Independence Plaza? Find out how this historic artifact found its way to Space City all the way from the Space Coast in today’s blog post. What is the Orbiter Access Arm? The Orbiter Access Arm (OAA), also called the gantry, spanned

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Space Center Houston adds new lunar sample

Space Center Houston has a new lunar sample on display! Sample no. 76015 is displayed in our Lunar Vault, pictured above in his home, our display case. What is it? What makes it special? Where did it come from? We’re glad you asked. A lunar meteorite Sample no. 76015 is

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Scott Kelly giving himself the flu shot in space

NASA vaccine research in microgravity

Get the scoop on NASA’s microgravity-based vaccine development studies and why it’s important to research vaccines in space in today’s blog post. Thanks to NASA, vaccine development is being streamlined as a result of studies being conducted in microgravity onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Early microgravity-based vaccine development research

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Remembering Apollo-era flight director Glynn Lunney

Apollo-era flight director Glynn Lunney passed away on March 19. Lunney had a long and storied career, beginning when NASA was founded in 1958 and ending nearly 30 years later during the Space Shuttle Program. Born in Old Forge, Pennsylvania on Nov. 27, 1936, Lunney grew up with a fascination

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Diane Dailey

Meet NASA’s new class of flight directors

Houston, we have new flight directors. Last month NASA added four new names to its current team of flight directors to oversee operations of the International Space Station (ISS). The latest inductees into the class of 2021 are Diane Dailey, Chloe Mehring, Fiona Turett, and Brandon Lloyd – all of

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Solving Space: Women’s History Month

Women are making history at NASA every day. The first American woman in space, Sally Ride, flew aboard the Space Shuttle STS-7 in June of 1983. As of March 2021, 65 women have flown in space, including cosmonauts, astronauts, payload specialists, and space station participants. Celebrate our past and look

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Kate Rubins

Artemis astronaut feature: Kate Rubins

Last year, NASA named the first Artemis astronauts. The mission to return to the Moon begins with the first Artemis flight scheduled to launch later this year. We are featuring each of the Artemis astronauts to help you get to know these pioneering explorers. This week meet Kate Rubins.  

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Pop Quiz: People paving the way

This month’s pop quiz is all about people who have made significant contributions in space travel. Take the quiz to test out your space history knowledge!

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Solving Space: Apollo 17

Apollo 17 was the last mission in which humans traveled to the Moon. It launched on Dec. 7, 1972; 12:33 a.m. EST,  with crew Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Harrison H. Schmitt, Lunar Module Pilot, Ronald E. Evans, Command Module Pilot. It landed on the lunar surface on Dec. 11, 1972.

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Solving Space: Pioneer 10 Launch

Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, and the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter. The mission was a spectacular success through its completion on January 23, 2003. Solve Space by unscrambling this image

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