NASA History Office

NASA History Office


Learn the history of NASA's exploration of the universe and its many discoveries about our home planet.

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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

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#OTD in 1947, Captain Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager became the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound. He rocketed to Mach 1.06 in the Bell X-1. #supersonic 

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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:

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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.

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Wake up- it's launch day. Today in 1969, the Apollo 11 crew got up around 4 a.m. and began preparing for their flight. They had a 9:32 a.m. rocket to catch. #Apollo50th 

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Did you see Katherine Johnson appear at the #Oscars ? At age 98, her story continues to inspire: #HiddenFigures 

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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 

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Humans 1st set foot on a heavenly body #OTD  1969. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the Moon at 10:56 pm (Eastern Time). #OneGiantLeap 

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