Solving Space: Pioneer 10 Launch

Launched on March 2, 1972, Pioneer 10 was the first spacecraft to travel through the asteroid belt, and the first spacecraft to make direct observations and obtain close-up images of Jupiter. The mission was a spectacular success through its completion on January 23, 2003. Solve Space by unscrambling this image

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NASA astronaut Victor Glover

Celebrating Black History Month: Meet 3 African American space pioneers

  This Black History Month, we are going on a journey through the decades to celebrate the significant contributions black astronauts, engineers, and mathematicians have made to the space program by highlighting three of these African American trailblazers. Dorothy Vaughan While there were many hidden figures behind NASA’s early success,

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Solving Space – Mercury Faith 7

Space Center Houston is proud to have on display in Starship Gallery Faith 7, the final Mercury spacecraft to go into orbit. It is one of five flown Mercury spacecraft on display. Learn More About the Launch and Mission Mercury 9, the final flight of Project Mercury, launched May 15,

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Jessica Meir

Artemis astronaut feature: Jessica Meir

Last year, NASA named the first Artemis astronauts. The mission to return to the Moon begins with the first Artemis flight scheduled to launch later this year. We are featuring each of the Artemis astronauts to help you get to know these pioneering explorers. This week meet Jessica Meir.  

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Solving Space: 15th Anniversary of New Horizons Launch for Pluto

On Jan. 19, 2006 New Horizons launched! It was the first mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt. Learn More About the Launch In this image: From among four lightning masts surrounding the launch pad, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft lifted off the launch pad aboard an Atlas V

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Solving Space: Skylab 1-G Trainer

  How could astronauts live and work in space for prolonged periods of time? Apollo missions had lasted a maximum of no more than two weeks. But NASA had a bigger vision: Skylab, America’s first space station. First, though, the NASA team needed to learn how to support the Skylab

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Monthly Quiz: Independence Plaza

In 2016, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened to the public! In celebration of Independence Plaza’s fifth anniversary, take our monthly quiz to test out your knowledge of this landmark exhibit!

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Independence Plaza

Solving Space: Happy 5th Anniversary, Independence Plaza!

Five years ago, Independence Plaza presented by Boeing opened as a permanent exhibit here at Space Center Houston! This international landmark offers an experience like nothing else in the world: visitors can enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft,

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Remembering Dr. George Carruthers

We remember Dr. George Carruthers, who passed away Dec. 26. During his career at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Dr. Carruthers invented the first Moon-based astronomy observatory, which was placed by Apollo 16 astronauts on the lunar surface. Working for the Naval Research Laboratory, Carruthers received a patent for a

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VIDEO: Thought Leader Series – Illuminating Space

Did you know astronauts aboard the International Space Station experience about 16 “sunsets” per day because the station circles Earth every 90 minutes? These changes in light can affect crewmembers’ circadian rhythm and cause sleep disruptions. As a result, NASA has been studying light and its effects on space exploration

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