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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Marshall Space Flight Center inherited the Army's Jupiter & Redstone test stands, but much larger facilities were needed to get to the Moon. This 1962 photo shows construction workers building the complex water system for the Saturn V first stage test stand at @NASA_Marshall .

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The crew of STS-98 landed #OTD  in 2001 aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. During STS-98 on their sleep shift , astronauts Tom Jones@TomJones_astro ) and Mark Polansky@Astro_127 ) could be found floating around in the newly-attached Destiny Laboratory catching some Z's.

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#Remembering astronaut George David Low on his #birthday ! He flew three shuttle missions, STS-32, STS-43, STS-57, logging over 700 hours in space. Here he is on a robotic arm during a spacewalk.

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#HappyBirthday to twin astronauts @ShuttleCDRKelly  a @StationCDRKellyd  ! Combined, they have logged over 570 days in space, and flown on 8 missions. Being identical twins allowed for collection of data about effects of space on the (same?) human body.

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In 1982, the crew of STS-5 ran several biomedical tests. One test required Joseph P. Allen to get taped to the floor by fellow astronaut, William B. Lenoir #InTheNameOfScience 

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Irene Duhart Long, M.D. was the first female chief medical officer at @NASAKennedy  Her work included emergency medicine, astronaut health, and staffing the biomedical desk for some launches. As a kid she dreamed of becoming a “space doctor.” #BlackHistoryMonth  #shareblackstories 

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In 1987, astronomers witnessed the destruction of a massive star, Supernova 1987A, in a distant galaxy. It was one of the brightest known supernova in nearly 400 years. This picture is a composite made in 2007 of the shock waves twenty years later.

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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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