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  • Commercializing Space: Expanding access to space while enabling the future of human space exploration.

    Commercializing Space

    Learn how NASA is changing the way it does business: investing in commercial space transportation and making the space station available for research.

  • Mariner 2 was the world's first successful interplanetary spacecraft. Launched August 27, 1962, on an Atlas-Agena rocket, Mariner 2 passed within about 34,000 kilometers (21,000 miles) of Venus, sending back valuable new information about interplanetary space and the Venusian atmosphere.

    Dare Mighty Things  →

    Explore this interactive timeline to learn about 50 years of planetary exploration.

  • The NASA Spacesuit

    The NASA Spacesuit

    Explore the "personal spacecraft" of astronauts, from the silver suit of the Mercury 7 to the "pumpkin suit" of shuttle astronauts.

  • John Glenn enters his Friendship 7 capsule with assistance from technicians to begin his historic flight on Feb. 20, 1962.

    John Glenn's Flight

    Interactive feature from 2012 commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first American in orbit.

  • NASA Earth Month 2013 graphic.

    Earth Month 2013

    Explore NASA Earth Science highlights from the previous year.

  • Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper. Credit: NASA TV

    Faith 7: Gordon Cooper

    On May 15, 1963, "Gordo" Cooper made the final flight of NASA's Mercury program, logging more time in space than all the previous Mercury astronauts combined.

  • Day of Remembrance 2013

    Day of Remembrance

    Each year, we honor the Apollo 1, Challenger and Columbia crews and other members of the NASA family who lost their lives supporting NASA's mission.

  • NASA 2012 Year in Review.

    Year in Review: 2012

    In 2012, NASA continued to implement America's ambitious space exploration program, landing the most sophisticated rover on the surface of Mars, carrying out the first-ever commercial mission to the International Space Station and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space.

  • Postcards

    Send Holiday Greetings to the Space Station

    You are invited to send holiday greetings to the crew up on the International Space Station during this holiday season.

  • Apollo 17 interactive feature. Credit: NASA

    Apollo 17

    Commander Gene Cernan and scientist-astronaut Jack Schmitt explored the moon's Taurus-Littrow region with Ron Evans orbiting overhead, during the final mission of the Apollo program in 1972.

  • Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn Interactive Feature

    Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn  →

    A new, interactive version of a timeline of NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn.

  • P-3 Orion Research Aircraft

    Learn about the P-3 Orion Research Aircraft, all of it's functions and how it is helping NASA to support airborne science research.

  • Interactive feature on the 50th anniversary of Wally Schirra's Mercury flight. Credit: NASA

    Wally Schirra: Sigma 7

    50 years ago, Wally Schirra became the fifth American in space, making the third orbital flight of the Mercury program in his Sigma 7 capsule.

  • International Space Station: Painting the World Green

    International Space Station: Painting the World Green

    Learn about green living, conservation and production of resources on the International Space Station.

  • Rocket Science 101 interactive feature

    Rocket Science 101

    With this game designed for computers and iPads, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft.

  • Scott Carpenter interactive feature

    Scott Carpenter

    On May 24, 1962, Carpenter lifted off onboard the spacecraft he dubbed Aurora 7 sitting atop the Mercury-Atlas 7 rocket.

  • Eyes on the Solar System. Credit: NASA

    Eyes on the Solar System: Explore the Cosmos  →

    The "Eyes on the Solar System" interface combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft and explore the cosmos.

  • The Space Shuttle orbiter Endeavour passes over KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility atop NASA's Boeing 747 Shuttle carrier Aircraft (SCA) as it returns March 27, 1997 from Palmdale, Calif.

    747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Overview

    Learn about NASA's Custom 747

  • NASA Budget Gallery FY 2013

    The Future of Human Space Flight

    Learn about NASA's new era of Exploration

  • Screengrab of the Virtual Desert RATS game, showing the Habitat Demonstration Unit with X-Hab loft.

    Desert RATS Virtual Test Site

    A 3-D environment combining NASA models with topography and satellite imagery to bring the analog field test to your computer.