History

History of Human Space Flight
 
Astronaut Ed White conducts the first U.S. spacewalkFrom the early days of Mercury to the lunar adventures of Apollo, from the innovation of the space shuttle to the technological advancements of the International Space Station, NASA has enjoyed several successful human space flight programs for more than four decades. As the nation's only launch site for humans, Kennedy has played a crucial role from the beginning.

Image to left: During the Gemini 4 mission, astronaut Edward White performed the United States' first extravehicular activity, or spacewalk. Credit: NASA


In the Beginning
Mercury, America's first human space flight program, introduced the nation to its first astronauts.
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A Bridge to the Moon
The Gemini missions paved the way from Mercury to Apollo.
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The Eagle Has Landed
The successful lunar landings of Apollo captivated the world.
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A Bold New Partnership
The Apollo-Soyuz Test Project marked the first joint effort between the U.S. and Russia.
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America's First Space Station
Skylab proved humans could live and work in space for extended durations.
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Space Transportation System
The first true aerospace vehicle, the space shuttle changed the face of space flight.
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Working Together for the Future
The Shuttle-Mir Program provided NASA with opportunities, challenges and lessons to learn, in preparation for building the International Space Station.
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An International Laboratory in Orbit
The International Space Station opens a whole new universe of research possibilities.
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