Holiday in space trivia: Week 2

We are getting in the holiday spirit this month with holiday themed space trivia to coincide with our new experience Galaxy Lights, presented by Reliant. Do you know the answer to this week’s holiday in space trivia?

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Sleeping with the lights on

Have you noticed that it’s harder to fall asleep when the lights are on or if you’ve recently been staring at your phone or computer screen? You're not alone. After multiple astronauts reported insomnia due to constant exposure to light during International Space Station (ISS) missions, NASA began studying how

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Lessons from Apollo 12

The Apollo 11 mission made history. But it didn’t mark the end of NASA’s work. Less than five months after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, NASA continued its mission, sending Apollo 12 to the Moon. It was a unique mission, filled with a lightning strike, precise landings and

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Mariner 9 spacecraft

This day in space history: Mariner 9 becomes first spacecraft to orbit another planet

On Nov. 13, 1971, Mariner 9 became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet. It was 48 years ago today that we began to learn new and exciting things about Mars’ landscape and atmosphere.   What was Mariner? The Mariner spacecraft was designed and developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab

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This day in history: Expedition 1 becomes first crew to live and work aboard space station

There is more to celebrate this Halloween than candy and costumes! Oct. 31 marks the launch of Expedition 1 to the International Space Station (ISS). It was 19 years ago, today, when one NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts embarked on a mission that would establish a continuous human presence

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First photo captured from space.

On this day in space history, the first photo is taken from space

Prior to 1946, people had never seen the Earth from outer space. On this day, 73 years ago, that would all change. The Soviets may have been the first to launch a satellite into orbit, but American scientists and researchers in New Mexico captured the first photos from space. On

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VIDEO: Skylab 1-G Trainer 360

Did you know that the Skylab 1-G Trainer is so large that Space Center Houston was built around it? Step inside America’s first space station in a 360 video below and see where astronauts first trained for extended life in space. Created out of the final stage of a Saturn

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VIDEO: Happy 27th birthday Space Center Houston

Oct. 16, 1992 Space Center Houston opened its doors and committed to a mission of sharing science and space exploration with the world. Twenty seven years later, more than a million guests get to experience space up close, to learn about Mars and the Moon and to go inside the

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Commander John Watts Young had the longest astronaut career and is the only person to pilot four different classes of spacecraft.

VIDEO: John Young STS-1 Suit

Did you know that you can see a spacesuit from the inaugural mission of the Space Shuttle Program at Space Center Houston? In our Astronaut Gallery, you can get an up close look at John W. Young’s STS-1 suit that he wore on Space Shuttle Columbia April 12, 1981. Click

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NASA logo on hanger at Glenn Research Center

This day in space history: NASA opens its doors for the first time

On this day 61 years ago, NASA opened its doors for the first time. It was the beginning of new age of exploration, one that would take humans on one of the greatest voyages ever imaginable, from landing on the Moon to the very edges of our solar system. What

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