Marshall Space Flight Center: History

Connect With Marshall

Marshall Center social media panelStay connected with Marshall and its growing social media channels.
› View All

Marshall History Office

Lunar Roving VehicleRead more about the history of the Marshall Space Flight Center, including key accomplishments and origins.
› View Site

NASA History Office

Bootprint on the moonSince its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space.
› View Site

Loading ...

History Features

From Dream to Reality: Marshall Space Flight Center's Role in Developing Space Stations
As NASA celebrates its 55th anniversary this year, many people at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, support International Space Station operations. While today's space station is vastly different than the Cold War station imagined by early rocket pioneers, in many ways, it still fulfills some of the main missions that they envisioned. › Full Feature

Skylab astronauts took this photograph as they approached the orbiting laboratory on the the third and final mission in November 1973. November 16, 1973. (NASA) Skylab: America’s First Space Station
The launch of Skylab, America's first space station, on board a modified Saturn V rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Fla. on May 14, 1973, marked a new phase for American's human space flight program. › Full Feature

Welcome to the Marshall Space Flight Center History Office

JupiterIn 1961, when President John F. Kennedy envisioned an American on the moon by the end of the decade, NASA turned to Marshall Space Flight Center to create the incredibly powerful rocket needed to turn this presidential vision into reality.

Since its beginning in 1960, Marshall has provided the agency with mission-critical design, development and integration of the launch and space systems required for space operations, exploration, and scientific missions. Marshall's legacy in rocket science includes providing the rockets that powered Americans to the moon, developing the space shuttle propulsion system, and managing the development of Skylab, Spacelab, space station nodes, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and many scientific instruments.

Marshall's unique interdisciplinary approach to problem solving brings scientific and engineering expertise together, providing answers that improve life on Earth, inspire a new generation, and stimulate innovation for the future of space exploration.

The Marshall Space Flight Center History Office provides a wealth of information about the history of the center. Visit the history office online, and you will find information about the early years of rocket power from the Redstone Rocket to the Saturn V, 20 years of space shuttle operations, and exciting scientific discoveries.

Explore how Dr. Wernher von Braun and the team of German rocket scientists helped shape Marshall and the city of Huntsville. Browse through historical articles and learn about Marshall’s contributions to the U.S. space program.

Marshall History Galleries

Lunar RoverApollo 17 Mission
View Gallery

Wernher von BraunDr. Wernher Von Braun - Early 1960's
› View Gallery

Dr. Wernher Von BraunDr. Wernher Von Braun - Late 1960's
View Gallery

Removal of the Orbiter Enterprise from The Marshall Space Flight Center's Dynamic Test StandMarshall Landmarks and Facilities
› View Gallery

Latest News

Loading ...
Page Last Updated: January 17th, 2014
Page Editor: Brooke Boen