There are many reasons to celebrate the end of the week, like an astronaut Friday post! Today’s featured astronaut is Mike Hopkins, a current NASA astronaut with an experience-filled past and wide-open future. Read on to see some of the cool things Mike has done, and will do, for NASA.
On Nov. 16, 1973, Skylab 4 launched as the third, and final, crewed mission to America’s first space station, Skylab. Commander Gerald Carr, pilot William Pogue, and scientist Edward Gibson spent a total of 84 days on orbit, which became the record, at the time, for the longest crewed spaceflight.
In the Nov. 15, 2019 installment of our Thought Leader Series, the center hosted a special evening with Apollo flight director Glynn Lunney. One of the flight directors during the Apollo Era, Lunney helped bring home Apollo 13 and was chief of the Apollo flight directors. Glynn Lunney had a
It’s Friday and that means we’re highlighting an astronaut! Today’s featured space traveler is one of NASA’s “Original Seven” astronauts. To commemorate the anniversary of his Apollo 7 flight (Oct. 11), and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program, we’re remembering astronaut Walter “Wally” Schirra. In total, Schirra flew aboard
Space Center Houston brought in experts from the space shuttle mission STS-95 to discuss the anniversary of John Glenn’s second spaceflight aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery in the Nov. 8, 2018 installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series. STS-95 astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, flight surgeon Dr. Phil Stepaniak and mission
Before NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), there was Ares. In 2004, the Vision of Space Exploration was put forth, committing NASA astronauts to return to the Moon and continue on to Mars. This meant that NASA needed to develop a new launch architecture system. On Oct. 28, 2009, nearly five
On Oct. 11, 1968, the Apollo 7 mission launched from Cape Kennedy Air Force Base in Florida. The 10-day mission ended Oct. 22 when the capsule successfully splashed down into the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about this extraordinary mission in this Apollo 7 mission infographic. It was a return to
Walt Cunningham, an astronaut from the first crewed Apollo spaceflight, shares his unique perspective on a remarkable era of exploration, including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, and the human side of spaceflight in this Oct. 5, 2018 installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series. Hear Apollo 7 astronaut Walt
Astronaut Friday is a way for us to explore the biographies of astronauts who you may not know much about. There may be a movie coming out about Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin may have a Twitter feed, but do you know much about Apollo era astronaut Walt Cunningham? The
On Sept. 13, 1961, the Mercury Atlas 4 (MA-4) spacecraft launched into orbit. The automated (non-crewed) flight orbited the Earth just once, but it became America’s first capsule to orbit the planet, and it paved the way for American astronauts to venture into space. The mission demonstrated the capabilities of