&MainTitle=Historic Images for NASA's 50th

&title1=In the Beginning

&txt1=This photo taken May 26, 1958, shows members the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Special Committee on Space Technology. From right: Wernher von Braun, Abe Silverstein, Dale Corson, Hugh Dryden, H. Guyford Stever, Carl Palmer, J.R. Dempsey, Robert Gilruth, H. Julian Allen, Milton Clauser, Samuel Hoffman, W. Randolph Lovelace, Hendrik Bode, left of Lovelace, Abraham Hyatt, Col. Norman Appold, and Edward Sharp. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution


&txt2=Mercury 7 astronauts, from left, are Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper Jr., John H. Glenn Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, Walter M. Schirra Jr., Alan B. Shepard Jr., and Donald K. Slayton. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title3=NASA's First Communications Satellite

&txt3=An Echo I satellite launched atop a Thor-Delta from Launch Complex 17A on Aug. 12, 1960. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title4=First U.S. Astronaut in Space

&txt4=On May 6, 1961 Alan Shepard donned his space suit for the Mercury Redstone launch. Shepard's suborbital flight lasted only 15 minutes, but it proved that an astronaut could survive and work comfortably in space, and demonstrated to the 45 million Americans watching on TV that the United States was now in the space flight business. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title5=President Takes a Tour

&txt5=President John F. Kennedy inspects the interior of the Friendship 7 Mercury capsule with astronaut Col. John Glenn, Jr. while touring Cape Canaveral in February 1962. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title6=Launch Complex 39 Takes Shape

&txt6=The Vehicle Assembly Building under construction in Jan. 1966. The Launch Control Center and service towers also are seen from across the LC-39 turn basin. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title7=The Right Stuff

&txt7=Apollo 11, humanity's first lunar landing mission, lifted off from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, July 16, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins rode the three-stage 363-foot rocket using 7.5 million pounds of thrust, propelling them into space and into history. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title8=Viking Goes to Mars

&txt8=Aug. 20, 1975, Viking 1 lifted off from Kennedy Space Center, followed by Viking 2 launching on Sept. 9. Both made the first successful landings on Mars. NASA's Viking spacecraft also became the first to obtain high resolution images of the Martian surface and study its surface and atmosphere. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title9=Boldest Test Flight in History

&txt9=April 12, 1981, astronauts John Young and Bob Crippen, soared into the history books by launching on a radically new spacecraft known as the space shuttle. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title10=Hubble Images the Universe

&txt10=April 24, 1990, NASA's space shuttle Discovery carried the Hubble Space Telescope into space and provided both the second and third Hubble servicing missions, STS-82 in February 1997 and STS-103 in December 1999. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title11=Apollo 13 Mission Immortalized

&txt11=NASA's Kennedy Space Center, always a beehive of activity, hosted director Ron Howard, actor Tom Hanks and their crew to film scenes for the movie 'Apollo 13' in 1994. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title12=Roving the Red Planet

&txt12=On Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the Delta II Heavy launch vehicle carrying the rover Opportunity for the second Mars Exploration Rover mission launched July 7, 2003. Spirit, its twin rover, launched on June 10, 2003. Both NASA rovers landed safely on the red planet and continue to provide data to scientists and researchers. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title13=Return to Flight

&txt13=Space shuttle Discovery launched on the STS-114 mission from NASA's Kennedy Space Center July 26, 2005, on its historic return to flight mission. The successful mission ended a two-and-a-half year wait after shuttle Columbia and crew were lost during their return to Earth in Feb. 2003. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title14=Double Vision

&txt14=For the first time since July 2001, two space shuttles are on launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery stands tall on Launch Pad 39A awaiting launch on the STS-125 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope and Endeavour sits proudly on Launch Pad 39B for the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution

&title15=The Future is Now

&txt15=The Ares I rocket will launch the Orion crew exploration vehicle, its crew of four to six astronauts, and small cargo payloads to the International Space Station. The rocket also will be used for missions to explore the moon and beyond in the coming decades. An Ares I test flight from NASA's Kennedy Space Center is targeted for 2009. (Photo credit: NASA) View Full Resolution