Saturday, January 22

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Solving Space: Earthrise
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Solving Space: Earthrise

Solving Space: Earthrise This fall, we are exploring how space inspires progress. Solve space today by unscrambling the iconic Apollo 8 “Earthrise” image. This photograph was the first shot of the Earth from the Moon captured by the first men to travel there. On Christmas Eve 1968, the crew of Apollo 8 (NASA astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders, and Frank Borman) witnessed a spectacular sight never before seen by any other astronauts. During their fourth lunar orbit, Anders captured the “Earthrise” photograph of the Earth rising above the Moon’s horizon. It was a first in human spaceflight history, and a Christmas Eve treat for the crew who spent the holidays 240,000 miles from home. Images of the Earth taken from the Moon and photos of the lunar surface were...
Launch Pad: James Webb Space Telescope
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Launch Pad: James Webb Space Telescope

Launch Pad: James Webb Space Telescope Each month, in our Launch Pad series we cover notable spaceflight missions set to lift off soon. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is set to launch later this month. It’s the most powerful space telescope ever built, and it will travel approximately one million miles to shed light on how the universe formed and how our solar system has evolved. At a glance Launch date: Dec. 22, 2021 Launch site: Europe’s Spaceport, French Guiana Launch vehicle: Ariane 5 rocket Destination: The second Lagrange point (L2) About the mission The highly anticipated launch of the JWST is fast approaching. This revolutionary mission will help scientists learn about how our universe and solar system formed. The JWST isn’t your average telescope. It’s a feat of engine...
NASA’s New Astronaut Class Announced
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NASA’s New Astronaut Class Announced

NASA’s New Astronaut Class AnnouncedYesterday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced the 2021 astronaut class at Ellington Field in Houston. It's the first new astronaut class in four years, and more than 12,000 people applied from across all 50 states and U.S. territories.This marks the first time in history that NASA required each candidate to hold an advanced degree in a STEM field and utilize an online assessment tool. The 10 astronaut candidates will begin two years of rigorous training when they report for duty at Johnson Space Center next month. Their training will focus on five key areas including Russian language skills, T-38 training, robotics, spacewalking, and learning the International Space Station's (ISS) systems.  Upon completion of this training, the astronaut cand...
Pop Quiz: Capturing Space
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Pop Quiz: Capturing Space

Pop Quiz: Capturing SpaceFrom “Earthrise” to astronaut selfies, space photography has shaped the way we see our home planet, life in space, and our solar system. Thanks to space photography, we can all tag along on missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond! From snapping photos in orbit above our world to capturing images on another, photography has been, and will continue to be, a vital tool for human space exploration. Test out your knowledge on space photography – past, present, and future – with today’s pop quiz! Who snapped the famous Earthrise image taken during the Apollo 8 mission to the Moon? Frank Borman Jim Lovell William Anders Michael Collins Correct! Wrong! On Chri...
Buy A Membership, Gift A Membership To A Deserving Educator
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Buy A Membership, Gift A Membership To A Deserving Educator

Buy A Membership, Gift A Membership To A Deserving Educator Want to give back to a deserving educator? Gift a Space Center Houston membership and activate learning outside the classroom for them. Now until Jan. 2, 2022, all memberships purchased at the Family level or higher, are eligible to gift a Dual level membership to a local educator. This includes all new, renewal*, or gift membership purchases. Space Center Houston is among the nation’s leading science-education resources. Our programs are based on national science standards and focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to help adults and children think critically, learn about the past, present and future of America’s space flight program and build a greater understanding of the world. The children we teach and insp...