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NASA's Johnson Space Center We are the lead center for the International Space Station, Orion spacecraft, Gateway, and home to M NASA’s Johnson Space Center has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century.

The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind. NASA's Johnson Space Center's official website: http://www.nasa.gov/johnson. Follow @nasajohnson on Instagram: https://instagram.com/nasajohnson/
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10/12/2021
NASA Knowledge

America’s space agency gets contributions from official facilities stretched from coast to coast. Do you know how many U.S. states are home to a NASA center or field site?

40 years ago, NASA was preparing space shuttle Columbia for its second flight into space on the STS-2 mission.Around mid...
10/12/2021
40 Years Ago: One Month until Space Shuttle Columbia’s Return to Space

40 years ago, NASA was preparing space shuttle Columbia for its second flight into space on the STS-2 mission.

Around mid-October, work was complete to replace some tiles after an accidental spill.

Space shuttle Columbia arrived on Launch Pad 39A on Aug. 31, 1981, where ground crews prepared it for its second flight into space on the STS-2 mission. In September, astronauts Joe H. Engle and Richard H. Truly participated in a countdown demonstration test and engineers successfully filled the shu...

10/09/2021
SpaceCast Weekly

This week, meet the International Space Station's new Queen Bee, and see what the astronauts of NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission are up to before their Oct. 30 launch.

The vantage point of the International Space Station provides a unique perspective to watch the Earth breathe by measuri...
10/08/2021

The vantage point of the International Space Station provides a unique perspective to watch the Earth breathe by measuring carbon dioxide. It’s all about Earth science on this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast."

🎧 | https://go.nasa.gov/3FxvSVy

The vantage point of the International Space Station provides a unique perspective to watch the Earth breathe by measuring carbon dioxide. It’s all about Earth science on this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast."

🎧 | https://go.nasa.gov/3FxvSVy

Imagine working without leaving your bed! 🛌12 volunteers for a bed rest study at German Aerospace Center's :envihab are ...
10/08/2021

Imagine working without leaving your bed! 🛌

12 volunteers for a bed rest study at German Aerospace Center's :envihab are doing just that – 30 days in bed, head tilted down – for science! Our goal? To learn more about how the body adapts to microgravity: www.nasa.gov/analogs/envihab

Imagine working without leaving your bed! 🛌

12 volunteers for a bed rest study at German Aerospace Center's :envihab are doing just that – 30 days in bed, head tilted down – for science! Our goal? To learn more about how the body adapts to microgravity: www.nasa.gov/analogs/envihab

There are TWO opportunities today to ask questions of these four astronauts launching to the International Space Station...
10/07/2021

There are TWO opportunities today to ask questions of these four astronauts launching to the International Space Station this month!

📺 | 2 p.m. EDT. Crew-3 News Conference: nasa.gov/live

🎧 | 5:35 p.m. EDT. Twitter Spaces audio event: https://bit.ly/3uSmmaB

Submit your question in the comments below, and we may answer during either event!

There are TWO opportunities today to ask questions of these four astronauts launching to the International Space Station this month!

📺 | 2 p.m. EDT. Crew-3 News Conference: nasa.gov/live

🎧 | 5:35 p.m. EDT. Twitter Spaces audio event: https://bit.ly/3uSmmaB

Submit your question in the comments below, and we may answer during either event!

Before putting on their spacesuits and going outside of the International Space Station, astronauts train on Earth in a ...
10/06/2021
Building on a Mission: Neutral Buoyancy Facilities for Spacewalk Train

Before putting on their spacesuits and going outside of the International Space Station, astronauts train on Earth in a pool called the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

However, before the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory was built, NASA had to rely on a few other pools around the United States to get their training in.

In 1961, the roles defined for the newly-established Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC), now NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, included the training of astronauts. Among the tasks that astronauts needed to master to reach the Moon spacewalking presented the biggest training challenge.

NASA has reassigned astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International S...
10/06/2021
NASA Announces Astronaut Changes for Upcoming Commercial Crew Missions

NASA has reassigned astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.

The commander and pilot are expected to launch no earlier than fall 2022. Their additional crewmates will be announced at a later date.

NASA has reassigned astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the agency’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Crew Program.

10/05/2021
NASA Knowledge

The International Space Station hosts experiments on the nature of fire at several locations on the orbiting outpost. 🔥🔥

Do you know which of these is NOT one of them? 🧐 Test your NASA Knowledge!

Redirecting asteroids and planetary defense – just another thing that we do here at NASA! Listen in on an upcoming test ...
10/01/2021

Redirecting asteroids and planetary defense – just another thing that we do here at NASA! Listen in on an upcoming test mission launching later this year on this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast." https://go.nasa.gov/2WuxFco

Redirecting asteroids and planetary defense – just another thing that we do here at NASA! Listen in on an upcoming test mission launching later this year on this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast." https://go.nasa.gov/2WuxFco

Since NASA established NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston 60 years ago, Texas has served as a hub for human spacefli...
10/01/2021

Since NASA established NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston 60 years ago, Texas has served as a hub for human spaceflight.

Missions like the International Space Station, Artemis, and more spur a commercial space economy. They're creating jobs and bringing new businesses to Texas. Learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3zZ6uEa.

Since NASA established NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston 60 years ago, Texas has served as a hub for human spaceflight.

Missions like the International Space Station, Artemis, and more spur a commercial space economy. They're creating jobs and bringing new businesses to Texas. Learn more: https://go.nasa.gov/3zZ6uEa.

Launch update! 🚀🚀The four astronauts supporting NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission are now scheduled to launch to the Internat...
09/30/2021

Launch update! 🚀🚀

The four astronauts supporting NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission are now scheduled to launch to the International Space Station Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:43 a.m. ET. https://go.nasa.gov/3iG65B5

Launch update! 🚀🚀

The four astronauts supporting NASA's SpaceX Crew-3 mission are now scheduled to launch to the International Space Station Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:43 a.m. ET. https://go.nasa.gov/3iG65B5

Tomorrow, four volunteers will be locked inside HERA: a small, Earth-based habitat. This crew will simulate a mission to...
09/30/2021

Tomorrow, four volunteers will be locked inside HERA: a small, Earth-based habitat.

This crew will simulate a mission to Phobos, a Mars moon, to help NASA study how crew adapt to remote conditions to perform mission-critical tasks. Best of luck to these analog astronauts! https://go.nasa.gov/3AXaab9

Tomorrow, four volunteers will be locked inside HERA: a small, Earth-based habitat.

This crew will simulate a mission to Phobos, a Mars moon, to help NASA study how crew adapt to remote conditions to perform mission-critical tasks. Best of luck to these analog astronauts! https://go.nasa.gov/3AXaab9

An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying cargo left the International Space Station at 9:12 a.m. EDT. Expedition 65...
09/30/2021

An uncrewed SpaceX Dragon spacecraft carrying cargo left the International Space Station at 9:12 a.m. EDT.

Expedition 65 flight controllers on console in Mission Control monitored the operation under the direction of Jeff Radigan, one of our NASA Flight Directors. https://go.nasa.gov/3onxURZ

Construction of Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center began in the early 60's. This building housed flight contr...
09/30/2021
Building on a Mission: The Houston Mission Control Center

Construction of Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center began in the early 60's. This building housed flight controllers overseeing early Gemini missions, today's International Space Station missions, and NASA's future Artemis missions to the Moon.

Building on a Mission: The Houston Mission Control Center

How does NASA prep for #Artemis missions to the Moon? 🌙 One step is through a small, ground-based habitat called NASA's ...
09/29/2021
NASA Selects Crew for Simulated Trip to a Mars Moon

How does NASA prep for #Artemis missions to the Moon? 🌙 One step is through a small, ground-based habitat called NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA).

On Oct. 1, a 4-person crew will be locked in HERA for 45 days to help scientists continue to learn how confinement affects mission-critical tasks. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-selects-crew-for-simulated-trip-to-a-mars-moon

Starting Oct. 1, 2021, four people will live and work for 45 days inside a small, ground-based habitat called NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA.

A SpaceX cargo vehicle is returning to Earth with some International Space Station science on Thursday! Many of the expe...
09/28/2021
SpaceX CRS-23 Dragon Returns Experiments to Earth

A SpaceX cargo vehicle is returning to Earth with some International Space Station science on Thursday! Many of the experiments have the potential to help improve life on Earth.

Researchers investigating the mechanisms of certain diseases on Earth must contend with the forces of gravity and the interaction between liquids and solid containers.

09/28/2021
NASA Knowledge

A NASA telescope studying neutron stars could make a certain technology more accessible for everyone on Earth.

Do you know which one of these it is? Test your NASA Knowledge!

09/27/2021
NASA's SpaceX Crew-1 astronauts talk with Pittsburgh Steelers' Josh Dobbs

Join Pittsburgh Steelers' Josh Dobbs and NASA Astronauts Victor Glover, Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi for a discussion on their recent mission, the future of STEM, and the importance of ensuring that space is for everyone.

The astronauts returned to Earth in May 2021 after spending 6 months aboard the International Space Station. While there, the crew called Dobbs from orbit to answer questions from students.

Have a question for the astronauts? Drop them in the comments below!

Talk about a throwback! 175 years ago this week, astronomers discovered the planet Neptune. Today, we're still discoveri...
09/26/2021
175 Years Ago: Astronomers Discover Neptune, the Eighth Planet

Talk about a throwback! 175 years ago this week, astronomers discovered the planet Neptune. Today, we're still discovering more about the eighth planet from our sun, and NASA missions like NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Voyager 2 spacecraft have observed Neptune so we can learn more.

175 Years Ago: Astronomers Discover Neptune, the Eighth Planet

We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! On this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast," listen to the journeys of how Geor...
09/25/2021

We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! On this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast," listen to the journeys of how George Salazar and Ana Guzman made their way to NASA.

👂Listen in: https://go.nasa.gov/3o6mths.

We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth! On this week’s "Houston We Have a Podcast," listen to the journeys of how George Salazar and Ana Guzman made their way to NASA.

👂Listen in: https://go.nasa.gov/3o6mths.

The International Space Station orbits Earth every 90 minutes, experiencing 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours. How ...
09/24/2021

The International Space Station orbits Earth every 90 minutes, experiencing 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

How does this disrupt sleep patterns? What can crew do to get the sleep they need? Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center seek answers. Learn more from NASA en español: https://go.nasa.gov/3lt4L4Z.

The International Space Station orbits Earth every 90 minutes, experiencing 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours.

How does this disrupt sleep patterns? What can crew do to get the sleep they need? Scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center seek answers. Learn more from NASA en español: https://go.nasa.gov/3lt4L4Z.

It's Hispanic Heritage Month! NASA en español shares their deep dive into how tricky it can be for astronauts to ensure ...
09/23/2021

It's Hispanic Heritage Month! NASA en español shares their deep dive into how tricky it can be for astronauts to ensure healthy sleep cycles on the International Space Station. ⬇️

☀️ ¿Cuántos amaneceres caben en un día? La International Space Station orbita la Tierra cada 90 minutos, experimentando 16 amaneceres y atardeceres cada 24 horas. Esto puede alterar el ritmo circadiano de la tripulación e interrumpir los patrones de sueño.

En preparación para misiones espaciales más largas, nuestros científicos de NASA Ames Research Center investigan la desalineación circadiana para desarrollar medidas que mitiguen sus efectos.

Lee más 👉: https://go.nasa.gov/3lt4L4Z.

It's Hispanic Heritage Month! NASA en español shares their deep dive into how tricky it can be for astronauts to ensure healthy sleep cycles on the International Space Station. ⬇️

☀️ ¿Cuántos amaneceres caben en un día? La International Space Station orbita la Tierra cada 90 minutos, experimentando 16 amaneceres y atardeceres cada 24 horas. Esto puede alterar el ritmo circadiano de la tripulación e interrumpir los patrones de sueño.

En preparación para misiones espaciales más largas, nuestros científicos de NASA Ames Research Center investigan la desalineación circadiana para desarrollar medidas que mitiguen sus efectos.

Lee más 👉: https://go.nasa.gov/3lt4L4Z.

60 years ago, NASA announced Houston would be the future home of what's now called the Johnson Space Center – but it had...
09/22/2021
60 Years Ago: The Manned Spacecraft Center Makes Houston its Home

60 years ago, NASA announced Houston would be the future home of what's now called the Johnson Space Center – but it hadn't been built yet.

While the Clear Lake site was under construction, people working at NASA's newest hub for human spaceflight sprawled across Houston in various office spaces to continue their mission.

Take a look at those buildings then vs. now.

Following the Sept. 19, 1961 announcement that NASA had selected Houston as the site of the new Manned Spacecraft Center, work began almost immediately to find temporary office space for the hundreds of workers while the facility was built.

09/21/2021
NASA Knowledge

The OSIRIS-REx mission targeted a specific spot on the asteroid Bennu from which to gather a soil sample for return to Earth. Do you know the name of that site?

Test your NASA Knowledge!

09/21/2021
VIPER Landing Site Selection

NASA chose a location to land its VIPER rover on the Moon in 2023.

It will land near the western edge of the Nobile Crater at the Moon’s South Pole to map and explore the region’s surface and subsurface for water and other resources. The rover hardware is being designed and built by NASA's Johnson Space Center

Why the south pole: https://go.nasa.gov/3u2z9XF.

60 years ago this week, NASA announced that Houston would be the future home of its new hub for human spaceflight – the ...
09/20/2021
60 Years Ago: NASA Selects Houston as Site for New Manned Spacecraft C

60 years ago this week, NASA announced that Houston would be the future home of its new hub for human spaceflight – the Manned Spacecraft Center, now known as NASA's Johnson Space Center.

The criteria when choosing a location: barge transportation in ice-free waters, a mild climate, a nearby university, at least 1,000 acres of land, and more.

On May 25, 1961, in a speech before a Joint Session of Congress, President John F. Kennedy committed the nation to achieve the goal of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth” before the end of the decade.

09/19/2021
SpaceCast Weekly

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei got his mission extended aboard the International Space Station and will now stay for nearly a year. Also on this episode, check out the plants growing in space, and learn from astronaut Suni Williams as she describes Newton's first law of motion.

When NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover landed on Mars on Feb 18, scientists here on Earth began living in Martian time (1 d...
09/17/2021

When NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover landed on Mars on Feb 18, scientists here on Earth began living in Martian time (1 day = 24 hours, 39 minutes) to help NASA prepare for long-duration missions. Follow their journey, courtesy of NASA en español: https://go.nasa.gov/3tPIrWP.

When NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover landed on Mars on Feb 18, scientists here on Earth began living in Martian time (1 day = 24 hours, 39 minutes) to help NASA prepare for long-duration missions. Follow their journey, courtesy of NASA en español: https://go.nasa.gov/3tPIrWP.

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