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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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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What is gravity?

One of the many challenges faced by space explorers is the lack of gravity. Everything behaves differently without it – fluids, rockets and human bodies. We see evidence of its presence every day here on Earth, but exactly what is gravity? Isaac Newton – 1689 What is gravity? When the

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VIDEO – Apollo 13: Innovation in a Time of Crisis

The Apollo 13 mission was to be the first mission to land in the lunar highlands and to mark the third crewed mission to land on the Moon.   Presented by However on the way to the Moon, the mission suffered an explosion that could have been devastating to the crew.

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Space "Selfie"

Top 10 International Space Station EVA photos

When maintenance needs to be done to the International Space Station, astronauts suit up. Anytime an astronaut leaves a spacecraft and enters the vacuum of space, they are performing an extravehicular activity (EVA), otherwise known as a spacewalk. Spacewalks have been instrumental in the assembly and maintenance of the International

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SpaceX 2020 missions to launch astronauts from American soil

NASA assigned astronaut Shannon Walker to the first operational crewed flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft last month. This is one of two significant SpaceX missions coming up this year that will achieve historic space exploration milestones. Crew Dragon Demo 2 (Demo-2) The Demo-2 mission will be the first

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Try this at home Part 2: Cleaning water

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. Cleaning water NOTE: The water you clean in this activity is not disinfected. Do not drink. Background

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