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  • Stardust capsule reentry

    This Month in Exploration - January

    01.09.09 - Five years ago NASA's Stardust spacecraft navigated through a cloud of ice and dust to return images of comet Wild 2. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Apollo 8 spacecraft

    This Month in Exploration - December

    12.03.08 - Forty years ago the crew of Apollo 8 transmitted the first image of Earth from space. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • X28 solar flare

    This Month in Exploration - November

    11.03.08 - Five years ago scientists observed the largest solar flare in recorded history. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • NASA's 50th Anniversary logo

    This Month in Exploration - October

    10.06.08 - Fifty years ago, NASA officially opened for business with a staff of 8,240 and a $340 million budget. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS)

    This Month in Exploration - September

    08.28.08 - Fifteen years ago, the space shuttle Discovery crew deployed the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite, the first high-speed, all-digital communications satellite. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Dr. Thomas Keith Glennan

    This Month in Exploration - August

    08.01.08 - Fifty years ago, Dr. Thomas Keith Glennan was sworn in as the first NASA Administrator. Dr. Hugh Dryden was appointed as his deputy administrator. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower

    This Month in Exploration - July

    07.01.08 - Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, which instituted NASA. Find out what else happened this month in exploration history.

  • Astronaut Sally Ride in Space Shuttle Challenger's cabin during STS-7.

    This Month in Exploration - June

    06.02.08 - Twenty years after cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space in 1983. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • 1908 flyer

    This Month in Exploration - May

    05.05.08 - One hundred years ago, Charles Furnas became the first airplane passenger. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • spacewalking astronaut

    This Month in Exploration - April

    04.01.08 - Twenty-five years ago, Space Shuttle Challenger embarked on its maiden voyage. During the mission, two astronauts performed the first spacewalk of the shuttle program. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Vanguard I

    This Month in Exploration - March

    03.03.08 - Fifty years ago, the Naval Research Laboratory launched Vanguard 1, the first solar-powered satellite. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Bell X-1A Aircraft

    This Month in Exploration - February

    02.01.08 - Fifty-five years ago, the Bell X-1A rocketplane made its first powered flight. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Explorer 1

    This Month in Exploration - January

    01.03.08 - Fifty years ago, the United States launched its first satellite into space, later discovering the Van Allen Belts. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Astronaut Eugene Cernan on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission

    This Month in Exploration - December

    12.03.07 - Thirty-five years ago, NASA launched Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon so far. Find out what else happened in December in This Month in Exploration.

  • Beech Staggerwing Aircraft

    This Month in Exploration - November

    11.01.07 - Forty years ago, NASA launched the first Saturn V rocket, the largest launch vehicle ever made, to begin the Apollo 4 mission. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Sputnik

    This Month in Exploration - October

    10.01.07 - Fifty years ago the world's first artificial satellite was launched, triggering the space race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. Read more historical facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Voyager Spacecraft

    This Month in Exploration - September

    09.04.07 - Read about the spacecraft that captured this first image of the Earth and moon together in a single frame 30 years ago, along with more fascinating facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Jupiter Rocket Nose Cone

    This Month in Exploration - August

    08.01.07 - Read why this nose cone from a Jupiter C rocket was so important that President Eisenhower gave a speech about it 50 years ago. Check out more fascinating facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • Louis Bleriot and his monoplane

    This Month in Exploration - July

    07.02.07 - This aviation pioneer covered his aircraft's wings in paper. Find out who he was, and read more fascinating facts in This Month in Exploration.

  • The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) Satellite

    This Month in Exploration - June

    06.01.07 - The Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) Satellite studied white dwarf stars and binary star systems fifteen years ago. Read more fascinating facts about aviation and space exploration in This Month in Exploration.