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An early morning scene at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39, with the space shuttle Columbia in position on Pad A at right. Launch for the STS-1 mission is set for April 10th with astronauts John W. Young and Robert L. Crippen aboard.

America returned to flight following the completion of the Apollo era missions, with the first launch of the Space Shuttle Program 40 years ago. The program pushed the boundaries of discovery and supported human spaceflight for 30 years.


Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell describes his journey in answering the question "What is consciousness?".

Edgar Mitchell's experiences on the Apollo 14 mission began his search and interest in the question "What is consciousness?" 


Back dropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon is the International Space Station (ISS) as seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation.

This November, humankind will celebrate the 20th anniversary of humans living continuously in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Learn more about the ISS and human life in space by reading the answers to the 20 most frequently asked questions about the ISS.


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket soars upward after lifting off from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the International Space Station in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule for the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission.

From “one small step” to “we’ve had a problem”, read and reflect on quotes from astronauts who have played an integral part in NASA’s exploration of space.


Astronaut Kathryn C. Thornton, on the end of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Remote Manipulator System (RMS) arm, hovers over equipment associated with servicing chores on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the second extravehicular activity (EVA) on the eleven-day mission.

Astronaut Kathy Thornton remembers her spacewalk during one of the Hubble Servicing Missions, STS-61.


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