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.
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
59 years ago, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin launched on a historic mission. He journeyed where no one had before and returned safely home. He had just become the first person to orbit the Earth. April 12, 1961, Gagarin became the first person in space, making a 108-minute orbital flight in his
Photography has always been an integral part of NASA’s mission to explore worlds beyond our own. It has also provided a unique glimpse of our own home. We’ve compiled the top 20 photos taken onboard the International Space Station (ISS) by astronauts to celebrate planet Earth. See our world through
This month we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 13 mission. In our weekly History Up Close video series, we are featuring Apollo 13 artifacts. This week, we are exploring the Lunar Module Plaque Replica. Each of the Apollo LMs bore a curved plaque around one of
The Mercury 7 were America’s first class of astronauts. The class of 1959 was tasked with a monumental endeavor – be the first American astronauts to travel into space. Project Mercury Project Mercury, NASA’s first crewed space program, aimed to achieve NASA’s plan to send the first astronauts into space.
Did you know that Apollo astronaut Neil Armstrong celebrated his 39th birthday in quarantine after returning from the historic Apollo 11 mission? Astronauts on the Apollo 11, 12 and 14 missions were quarantined after returning from the Moon. The quarantine lasted 21 days from the time they were first exposed