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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.


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.


Space shuttle Discovery launches from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center for its maiden voyage on August 30, 1984.

Thirty-five years ago, space shuttle Discovery launched, starting a legacy of accomplishments. Learn more about NASA’s busy orbiter. 

Categories: NASA History

Former astronaut Owen Garriott acknowledges the applause as he is introduced as a previous inductee into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

In an episode of “Tell Me a Story,” watch the late astronaut Owen Garriott share his memory of a fun prank he pulled on some of the members of ground control during his Skylab 3 mission. 

Categories: Astronauts

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