On June 8, 2007, the shuttle orbiter Atlantis lifted off for the STS-117 mission to the International Space Station. It was the 21st mission to send a shuttle to the station. The nearly 14-day flight was an assembly mission. The crew conducted four spacewalks to install and activate the second
Hear first-hand space exploration stories from retired astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao in this May 29, 2020 Virtual Astronaut Visit. Chiao was selected as an astronaut in 1990 and is a veteran of four spaceflights. He logged a total of 229 days in space, including 36 hours of spacewalk time. He
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 an Apollo 13 fuel cell. Electricity for the Apollo Command Module was generated by fuel cells, like this one. A set
It’s official. Astronauts are once again launching to the International Space Station from American soil, something that hasn’t been done since the Space Shuttle Program concluded in 2011. On Saturday, May 30, at 2:22 p.m. CT, America watched as Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley rocketed into orbit in their SpaceX
On June 3, 1965, NASA astronaut Ed White stepped out of his Gemini capsule and into space for the first American spacewalk. Attached by only a 23 foot tether and 25 foot umbilical, White floated in space for roughly 20 minutes. Circling the Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles
The cupola is possibly one of the most famous modules onboard the International Space Station. This impressive observation deck is where astronauts capture some of the most awe-inspiring images of our world below. Astronauts use the cupola for a variety of functions, including Earth observations and the monitoring of spacewalks
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
Before the International Space Station, there was Skylab, America’s first space station. Scroll through the infographic below to learn more about Skylab I. Click here to explore the Skylab 1-G Trainer in 360 and learn more.