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100 Years Ago This Month-Wright Flyer Test 100 Years Ago This Month: Wright Flyer Test
NASA turns 50 this year and we are reaching for the stars. Hard to believe that just 50 years before NASA's inception, the Wright brothers were taking the first steps into powered flight.
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NASA Education Television Partnership Announced NASA Education Television Partnership Announced
NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale announced the launch of NASA Education TV (NASA eTV), a partnership with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) to produce new educational television programs for distribution on NASA Television and the Internet.
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Interactive features. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions
Discovery Channel Sundays beginning June 8, 2008
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STS-124 Mission Status STS-124 Mission Status
STS-124 is the second of three Space Shuttle flights that will launch components to complete the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. The shuttle crew will install Kibo’s large Japanese Pressurized Module, or JPM, and its remote manipulator system, or RMS.
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Surveyor 1 Landed on the Moon (1966) Surveyor 1 Landed on the Moon (1966)
Surveyor 1, the first of the Surveyor missions to make a successful soft landing on the Moon on June 2, 1966, proved the spacecraft design and landing technique. In addition to transmitting over 11,000 pictures, it sent information on the bearing strength of the lunar soil, the radar reflectivity, and temperature.
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Space Technology Hall of Fame Inducts NASA Spinoff Technology Space Technology Hall of Fame Inducts NASA Spinoff Technology
The Space Foundation inducted three NASA-developed technologies into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. A medical diagnostic software tool that measures the thickness of arteries, a non-invasive medical device that improves blood flow to the heart and brain, and a technology that safely removes petroleum-based pollutants from water or soil each are being recognized as important products that originated from space technology.
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The Home Planet: NASA's View of Earth The Home Planet: NASA's View of Earth
As humanity ventures farther into the solar system, the focus on our home planet is as sharp as ever.
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Eyes on the Earth Eyes on the Earth
Learn more about NASA spacecraft studying our home planet.
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Interactive features. NASA Interactive Features
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NASA Podcasts. This Week at NASA Audio and Video Podcasts
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NASA Home & City interactive feature. NASA Home & City
Discover how space exploration impacts your daily life.
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NASA 101 interactive feature. NASA 101
A summary of NASA's many programs and projects.
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Aeronautics Interactive Gallery. Aeronautics Research Onboard
Interactive Web site showcasing "Decades of Contributions to Aviation".
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Tiros 1 satellite. Tiros 1
April 1, 1960 – The United States launched TIROS 1, the first successful meteorological satellite, for monitoring Earth’s weather.
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Apollo 13 mission. Apollo 13
April 11-17, 1970 – 56 hours into the flight of Apollo 13, the oxygen tank in the service module ruptured and damaged several of the power, electrical, and life support systems. All three crew members returned safely to Earth.
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STS-1 Flight. STS-1
April 12, 1981 – Astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen flew Space Shuttle Columbia on the first flight of the Space Transportation System (STS-1)
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Hubblesite.org Hubble Space Telescope Launch
24 Apr. 1990 - Launch of the Hubble Space Telescope from the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-31)
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Artist's concept of the shuttle launch experience. KSC Attraction Wins Award
The new "Shuttle Launch Experience" which opened in May 2007 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is getting high marks. The attraction was honored with a Thea Award at the 14th Annual Thea Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on March 8, 2008. The "Shuttle Launch Experience" was selected for outstanding achievement in the attraction category and was judged to represent the highest standards of excellence and creative achievement in the arts and sciences of compelling places and experiences.
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Mercury: Americans in Orbit Interactive Feature Mercury: America's First Astronauts
NASA unveiled the Mercury Astronaut Corps on April 9, 1959. On Feb. 20, 1962, an Atlas rocket successfully carried Glenn and the hopes of an entire nation into orbit aboard Friendship 7, a flight that ushered in a new era of space travel that eventually led to Americans walking on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
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NACA board members. NACA's Inception
On March 3, 1915, the U.S. established the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) to "supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solution." In 1958, the committee became the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Dr. Robert Goddard Robert H. Goddard: American Rocket Pioneer
The father of modern rocket propulsion is the American, Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard. By 1926, Goddard had constructed and tested successfully the first rocket using liquid fuel. Indeed, the flight of Goddard's rocket on March 16,1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, was a feat as epochal in history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk.
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Pioneer 10 satellite. Pioneer
The Pioneer series of spacecraft performed first-of-their-kind explorations of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Pioneer 0, 1, and 2 were the United States' first lunar attempts. These identical spacecraft, which all failed to meet their lunar objectives, were followed by Pioneer 3 and 4, which succeeded in becoming America's first successful lunar missions.
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NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space. NASA Beams Beatles' 'Across the Universe' Into Space
For the first time ever, NASA beamed a song -- The Beatles' "Across the Universe" -- directly into deep space at 7 p.m. EST on Feb. 4. The transmission over NASA's Deep Space Network commemorated the 40th anniversary of the day The Beatles recorded the song, as well as the 50th anniversary of NASA's founding and the group's beginnings.
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50th Anniversary of the Space Age. 50th Anniversary of The Space Age
History changed on October 4, 1957 when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik 1. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball, weighed only 183 pounds and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth. The launch opened an era of new political, military, technological and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the Space Age and the U.S.-Soviet space race.
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Langley Image Gallery. Langley 90th Anniversary Gallery
Take a look at some highlights of Langley's time on the leading edge.
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50 years in space conference. 50 Years in Space Conference
Noted luminaries, including Nobel Laureate John Mather, astronaut Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin presented an international look at the past, present, and future of space flight. Invited speakers and guests included international aerospace leaders from industry, government, and academia. The event provided a venue for reflection on how far we have come in the past fifty years, and where we are going in the future, from the perspective of an internationally recognized group of invited experts.
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Explorer 1 interactive website. Interactive Explorer 1
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T. Kieth Glennan Address. T. Keith Glennan Speech
NASA’s First Administrator.
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50th Anniversary Press Release. 50th Anniversary Press Release
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