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Marshall History Office
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Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great scientific and technological feats in air and space.
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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: 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
In 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.
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Marshall History Links
Works Covering a Broad Range of MSFC History
→ Power to Explore (Book)
→ Marshall Milestones in Space Exploration
→ An Illustrated Chronology of MSFC
→ Historical Facts
→ Historical Synopsis
→ Year-By-Year Highlights of MSFC
MSFC History Listed by Subject Matter
→ Early Days of Rockets and Aeronautics
→ Wernher von Braun
→ Huntsville in the 40s & 50s
→ Formation of Marshall Center
→ Explorer 1
→ Mercury, Redstone, Atlas, Gemini
→ Early Days of Space Science
→ Lunar Roving Vehicle
→ Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
→ Space Science in the Late 1970's
→ Space Station
→ MSFC Landmarks & Facilities