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JSC Celebrates 40 Years of Human Space Flight

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It has been home to the U.S. human space flight program from the final Mercury flight to today's space shuttle and International Space Station missions.

In September 2001, NASA's Johnson Space Center celebrated 40 years of leading America into space. The history of the center is the history of America's human space flight program. Both illustrate the determination and the vision of people to rise to unexpected challenges and to work together to attain success.

Here's a look at what has happened over the past 40 years and what the coming 40 years portend.

Apollo Saturn V launch vehicle on permanent exhibit
Image above: An actual Apollo Saturn V launch vehicle which was originally built to take a crew of astronauts to the Moon has been on permanent exhibit since 1978 in the Johnson Space Center’s Rocket Park. In the background are Mercury-Redstone and Little Joe rockets. Credit: NASA + View Image

Page 1: JSC Celebrates 40 Years of Human Space Flight
Page 2: JSC Origins
Page 3: JSC Origins
Page 4: JSC Origins
Page 5: Engineering the Future
Page 6: Home of the Nation's Astronaut Corps
Page 7: America's Nerve Center for Mission Operations
Page 8: America's Nerve Center for Mission Operations
Page 9: America's Nerve Center for Mission Operations
Page 10: The Triumph of Apollo
Page 11: The Triumph of Apollo
Page 12: The Triumph of Apollo
Page 13: America's First Space Station
Page 14: Expanding the Center's Role
Page 15: The Last Apollo
Page 16: Space Shuttle
Page 17: Space Shuttle
Page 18: International Space Station
Page 19: International Space Station
Page 20: The Next 40 Years