Learn the history of NASA's exploration of the universe and its many discoveries about our home planet.
61 years ago #today , the very first X-15 was rolled out of the factory. The X-15 was instrumental in understanding the limits of piloted hypersonic flight, eventually holding the unofficial world records for speed and altitude. Photo Credit: North American Aviation
Remembering President Dwight D. Eisenhower on his #birthday . It was Eisenhower who signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958 that created @NASA . He is seen here (right) getting a tour of @NASA_Marshall_Marshall from Wernher von Braun in 1960.
Wishing a very #HappyBirthday to @esa Astronaut Roberto Vittori! A native of Italy, he graduated from both the Italian Air Force Academy and US Navy Test Pilot School. A veteran of 3 spaceflights, including the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavor.
“We're looking forward to going out and doing a little home improvement of our station here.” #OTD in 2000, the crew of STS-92 began a series of spacewalks to modify @Space_Station , adding onto the configuration seen here with a truss structure and pressurized mating adapter.
44 years ago #today , the 1st satellite of the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Program (GOES) was launched! A collaboration between NASA and @NOAA , the satellites help scientists monitor global weather patterns and anomalies. Learn more:
Happy #NationalFossilDay ! The Lucy spacecraft that will launch in 2021 was named after a fossil specimen found in Hadar, Ethiopia. The mission aims to explore the Trojan asteroids around Jupiter, which serve as time capsules from the birth of our solar system.
Fifteen years ago #OTD , Feb 1, 2003, at 8:59 am EST Space Shuttle Columbia broke up on reentry; killing the crew of mission STS-107 - Rick Husband, Willie McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, David Brown, Laurel Clark, and Ilan Ramon. #NASARemembers