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NASA encourages kids to Train Like an Astronaut

NASA encourages kids to Train Like an Astronaut

Jul 26, 2017
Mission X: Train like an Astronaut, since its inception in 2011, has morphed into an international collaboration of physical fitness ... read more
A mission without borders — NASA’s Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut Project

A mission without borders — NASA’s Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut Project

Jul 25, 2017
It’s 4:00 in the morning in Oklahoma City. Miss Stewart stands in her backyard waiting for ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut and ... read more
Researchers receive honors for most compelling space station science in 2016

Researchers receive honors for most compelling space station science in 2016

Jul 24, 2017
In a year filled with captivating and groundbreaking experiments conducted on the International Space Station, four investigations were ... read more
Space Center Houston: Looking back at the Apollo era with spaceflight pioneers

Space Center Houston: Looking back at the Apollo era with spaceflight pioneers

Jul 21, 2017
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong made his famous first step on the moon. On the 48th anniversary of that day, visitors at Space Center ... read more
NASA honors researchers behind innovative space station science in 2016

NASA honors researchers behind innovative space station science in 2016

Jul 21, 2017
As an agency that values innovation, NASA recognized four scientific investigations and facilities on the International Space Station for ... read more
Friends in high places

Friends in high places

Jul 21, 2017
“Station, this is Garth Brooks, how do you hear me?” This was the scene in the Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control Center at ... read more
July 20, 1969: One giant leap for mankind

July 20, 1969: One giant leap for mankind

Jul 20, 2017
July 1969. It's a little over eight years since the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy's ... read more
In Gulf of Mexico, NASA evaluates how crew will exit Orion

In Gulf of Mexico, NASA evaluates how crew will exit Orion

Jul 20, 2017
When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASA’s Orion spacecraft and splash down in the Pacific Ocean, ... read more
Of deer and fawns: A cautionary tale

Of deer and fawns: A cautionary tale

Jul 19, 2017
NASA’s Johnson Space Center sits on 1,700 acres of lush, beautiful land. Day in and day out, the 10,000-person workforce at Johnson ... read more
How do you get your Johnson Space Center news?

How do you get your Johnson Space Center news?

Jul 18, 2017
Are you the type that wonders what is going on, but doesn't know where to go to get the best and most up-to-date JSC news? Or maybe ... read more
A total eclipse maybe not of the heart, but of the sun

A total eclipse maybe not of the heart, but of the sun

Jul 14, 2017
Next month, many at NASA’s Johnson Space Center will experience a first-in-a-lifetime event. On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be ... read more
When movie night is more than just a movie

When movie night is more than just a movie

Jul 13, 2017
On the evening of July 6, interns gathered at the Neutral Buoyancy Lab to enjoy some pizza and watch a movie. This Safety and Mission ... read more
What do space and football have in common? For one: Super Bowl LI

What do space and football have in common? For one: Super Bowl LI

Jul 12, 2017
The Super Bowl was this past February, and in Houston, Space City, of all places. But we miss our football.   July 12 and 13, ... view gallery
Squeezing innovation out of the NASA Twins Study: Pipetting and cell isolation in space

Squeezing innovation out of the NASA Twins Study: Pipetting and cell isolation in space

Jul 11, 2017
Just like early explorers, NASA Twins Study investigators are venturing into new territory. Conducting human omics research on twin ... read more
Houston, we have a podcast

Houston, we have a podcast

Jul 7, 2017
Some of the most memorable moments in human spaceflight have been captured through spoken word. “The eagle has landed,” ... read more
Thousands of students participate in NASA’s search for ‘STEMnauts’

Thousands of students participate in NASA’s search for ‘STEMnauts’

Jun 29, 2017
Virtual scavenger hunt with Texas Instruments a win-win for students and STEM   Following six weeks of increasingly difficult online ... read more
‘Sea’ you later: NEEMO 22 splashes up after 10-day mission

‘Sea’ you later: NEEMO 22 splashes up after 10-day mission

Jun 27, 2017
NASA’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 22 crew splashed up June 27 after a 10-day mission under the sea ... view gallery
NASA"s Webb Telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

NASA's Webb Telescope gets freezing summertime lodging in Houston

Jun 22, 2017
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was placed in Johnson Space Center’s historic Chamber A on June 20 to prepare for its final ... read more
Astromaterials’ HVIT team deploys risk analysis when fishing for answers about space debris

Astromaterials’ HVIT team deploys risk analysis when fishing for answers about space debris

Jun 21, 2017
There’s a moment during the 2013 movie “Gravity” when a shower of space debris comes crashing at George Clooney and Sandra ... read more
Johnson Space Center highlights sustainable commuting with Bike to Work Day

Johnson Space Center highlights sustainable commuting with Bike to Work Day

Jun 20, 2017
Another year yielded successful results—safe trips and happy cyclists—for NASA Johnson Space Center’s Second Annual Bike ... read more
Orion kicks off summer with series of safety and structural tests

Orion kicks off summer with series of safety and structural tests

Jun 19, 2017
Engineers working on NASA’s Orion kicked off summer with a series of important tests for some of the spacecraft’s critical ... read more
ARES planetary scientist dons flippers and scuba gear for an underwater adventure

ARES planetary scientist dons flippers and scuba gear for an underwater adventure

Jun 15, 2017
The Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA’s Johnson Space Center regularly deals with ... read more
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. John Mather coming to Johnson to talk James Webb

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. John Mather coming to Johnson to talk James Webb

Jun 15, 2017
On June 21 at 1 p.m., join Dr. John Mather, Nobel Prize winner in Physics and senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, ... read more
NASA Johnson Space Center’s Darryl Gaines receives Game Changer Award

NASA Johnson Space Center’s Darryl Gaines receives Game Changer Award

Jun 15, 2017
Darryl Gaines, assistant to the center director at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, was awarded the Chauncy Glover Project’s Game ... read more
NASA wins Best of Silver Anvil Award for ‘Year in Space’ communications campaign

NASA wins Best of Silver Anvil Award for ‘Year in Space’ communications campaign

Jun 14, 2017
NASA’s Johnson Space Center was recognized with the Best of Silver Anvil Award for its "Year in Space: Communicating NASA's ... read more
DNA sequencer project wins Arthur C. Clarke Award

DNA sequencer project wins Arthur C. Clarke Award

Jun 13, 2017
NASA’s Johnson Space Center and Oxford Nanopore Technologies’ MinION™ DNA sequencing team were honored with the ... read more
Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation

Cloudy with a chance of radiation: NASA studies simulated radiation

Jun 12, 2017
In each life, a little rain must fall. But, in space, one of the biggest risks to astronaut health is radiation “rain.” ... read more
NASA prepares for future space exploration with international undersea crew

NASA prepares for future space exploration with international undersea crew

Jun 9, 2017
NASA will send an international crew to the floor of the Atlantic Ocean this summer to prepare for future deep space missions during the ... read more
NASA’s newest astronaut recruits introduced to the world at Johnson Space Center

NASA’s newest astronaut recruits introduced to the world at Johnson Space Center

Jun 8, 2017
After receiving a record-breaking number of applications to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA has selected its largest ... view gallery
Meet the 2017 NASA astronaut candidates

Meet the 2017 NASA astronaut candidates

Jun 7, 2017
The term astronaut candidate refers to individuals who have been selected by NASA as candidates for the NASA astronaut corps and are ... read more
NASA proud! Pride Month 2017

NASA proud! Pride Month 2017

Jun 7, 2017
For details on Pride Month activites, please see the Out and Allied Employee Resource Group SharePoint site.  ... read more
Countdown to announce #NewAstronauts

Countdown to announce #NewAstronauts

Jun 6, 2017
NASA’s new astronaut candidates will be announced at an event here at our Building 9 Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at 1 p.m. CDT ... read more
Ten questions about the 2017 astronaut class

Ten questions about the 2017 astronaut class

Jun 5, 2017
NASA will select between eight and 14 new astronaut candidates from among a record-breaking applicant class of more than 18,300, almost ... read more
Peek into your genes: NASA one-year investigators identify links to vision problems

Peek into your genes: NASA one-year investigators identify links to vision problems

Jun 1, 2017
Coinciding with May—Healthy Vision Month—NASA’s one-year mission investigators are peering into their new findings to help ... read more
NASA to announce new astronaut class on June 7

NASA to announce new astronaut class on June 7

May 31, 2017
After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates at 1 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 7, ... read more
Engines of twingenuity: NASA’s Twin Study investigators have a meeting of the minds

Engines of twingenuity: NASA’s Twin Study investigators have a meeting of the minds

May 26, 2017
If you took all the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in your body and strung it end to end, it would reach all the way to Pluto and back. The ... read more
Students enjoy their moment in the sun thanks to Johnson Space Center volunteers

Students enjoy their moment in the sun thanks to Johnson Space Center volunteers

May 25, 2017
Ever heard the one about NASA engineers who walk into a middle school and build solar cars with students? The joke is that no one is sure ... view gallery
Two NASA astronauts inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Two NASA astronauts inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

May 22, 2017
Two veteran NASA astronauts joined the ranks of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 19. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to travel ... read more
James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror prepared for testing

James Webb Space Telescope primary mirror prepared for testing

May 18, 2017
The towering primary mirror of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope stands inside a cleanroom at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in ... read more
Les Quiocho brings out the ‘BEST’ in kids aspiring to STEM careers

Les Quiocho brings out the ‘BEST’ in kids aspiring to STEM careers

May 10, 2017
People at NASA’s Johnson Space Center are passionate about their jobs in the space program. Numerous employees dedicate their time and ... read more
James Webb Space Telescope arrives at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

James Webb Space Telescope arrives at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

May 8, 2017
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has arrived at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where it will undergo its last cryogenic ... read more
A thousand words? Our images have much more to say

A thousand words? Our images have much more to say

May 8, 2017
Donn Liddle and Edward Oshel are the leading photogrammetrists in NASA Johnson Space Center’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration ... read more
Ulster County students taste sweet smell of success in Culinary Challenge

Ulster County students taste sweet smell of success in Culinary Challenge

May 1, 2017
Strawberries, rhubarb, rolled oats, flour, coconut sugar, orange juice and a pinch of orange zest. Those are the basic ingredients in a ... read more
Supporting astronaut life on Earth

Supporting astronaut life on Earth

Apr 27, 2017
As the home of human space exploration, many people at NASA’s Johnson Space Center work to ensure astronauts safely and successfully ... read more
A bright idea: enhancing energy efficiency with LEDs

A bright idea: enhancing energy efficiency with LEDs

Apr 25, 2017
The Energy Management team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center is increasing the center’s energy efficiency by retrofitting or ... read more
Don’t miss out on Data Science Day 2.0

Don’t miss out on Data Science Day 2.0

Apr 24, 2017
It will become apparent that really every day is a day you use data science, whether you know it or not, but if you don’t sign ... read more
Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson sets new record for time in space

Record-breaking NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson sets new record for time in space

Apr 24, 2017
534 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes and counting. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson flew through the standing record for cumulative time ... read more
Adopt a piece of the Earth in celebration of Earth Day

Adopt a piece of the Earth in celebration of Earth Day

Apr 19, 2017
This year, NASA will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, with a variety of live and online activities from April 20 to 21 to engage the public in ... read more
Managing Engineering with a safety mindset

Managing Engineering with a safety mindset

Apr 18, 2017
Sometimes a different perspective can be illuminating. Lauri Hansen, director of the Engineering Directorate at NASA’s Johnson ... read more
The future in our own backyard

The future in our own backyard

Apr 17, 2017
Johnson Space Center’s community engagement at Port City Links’ Health, Education, Science Fair and Carnival NASA’s ... read more
Brooke Nelson: The art of designing NASA’s mission

Brooke Nelson: The art of designing NASA’s mission

Apr 12, 2017
Brooke Nelson grew up in a small, rural town with few connections to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) resources. Though ... read more
Chili Cook-off: A state of mind

Chili Cook-off: A state of mind

Apr 11, 2017
There is a time of year at NASA’s Johnson Space Center that rivals the spirit of Christmas, the pride of Independence Day and the ... view gallery
‘Chick’ lit for everyone: Sustainability Opportunities

‘Chick’ lit for everyone: Sustainability Opportunities

Apr 10, 2017
Millions of Attwater’s prairie chickens once roamed the prairie along the Texas and Louisiana coast, including the prairies around ... read more
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson adds three months to record-breaking mission

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson adds three months to record-breaking mission

Apr 6, 2017
Already poised to break the record for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut, Peggy Whitson is set to extend her mission with ... read more
Local firefighters offer a helping hand at Johnson Space Center

Local firefighters offer a helping hand at Johnson Space Center

Apr 6, 2017
The Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department (NBVFD) and Webster Fire Department came to the Gilruth Center on March 1 for a training exercise ... view gallery
Mission Control team finds answers during spacewalk

Mission Control team finds answers during spacewalk

Apr 3, 2017
Traveling 240 miles above Earth and 12 times the speed of a bullet, a cloth blanket gets away during a spacewalk and immediately drifts out ... read more
For the love of Martian soil

For the love of Martian soil

Mar 29, 2017
For Elizabeth Rampe, a planetary geologist in NASA Johnson Space Center’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) ... read more
NASA announces upcoming International Space Station crew assignments

NASA announces upcoming International Space Station crew assignments

Mar 28, 2017
Five NASA astronauts have been assigned to upcoming spaceflights. Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, Nick Hague, Serena Auñón-Chancellor ... read more
Bryce Schmidtchen: Returning to his roots

Bryce Schmidtchen: Returning to his roots

Mar 28, 2017
Bryce Schmidtchen recently went back to fifth grade, but not to stay. Instead, he stood where his favorite teacher once had and shared his ... read more
Space Day 2017 at the State Capitol

Space Day 2017 at the State Capitol

Mar 22, 2017
Every two years, experts from NASA’s Johnson Space Center make the nearly 200-mile journey from Houston to Austin to participate in ... read more
Symphonizing the science: NASA Twins Study team begins integrating results

Symphonizing the science: NASA Twins Study team begins integrating results

Mar 21, 2017
It begins with one instrument. Then another joins in. Before you know it, a grand symphony is playing before your eyes. NASA Twins Study ... read more
If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

Mar 20, 2017
How the NASA Johnson Space Center community worked together to overcome the crazy ant crisis If you take a moment to admire the blooming ... read more
New beginnings—2.017

New beginnings—2.017

Mar 15, 2017
Spring is upon us with more changes than just noncommittal weather patterns. At NASA’s Johnson Space Center, spring is bringing forth ... read more
Art and STEM: Unlikely accomplices in the quest for innovation

Art and STEM: Unlikely accomplices in the quest for innovation

Mar 14, 2017
Known for its workforce of “rocket scientists” who demonstrate immense technical aptitude while catapulting humankind regularly ... read more
Be it spacesuit boots, pumps or sneakers—be sure to leave footprints in your wake

Be it spacesuit boots, pumps or sneakers—be sure to leave footprints in your wake

Mar 3, 2017
“Success Always Leaves Footprints” is the Black History Month (BHM) 2017 theme; however, no matter the footwear, NASA Johnson ... read more
NASA CIO Ask Me Anything recording available

NASA CIO Ask Me Anything recording available

Mar 2, 2017
In case you missed it, the Information Technology (IT) Business Services Assessment (BSA) Ask Me Anything with NASA’s Chief ... read more
Rodeo comes to town

Rodeo comes to town

Mar 1, 2017
The Texas Independence Trail Ride hoofed it through NASA Johnson Space Center roadways on Feb. 28 on their way to an overnight campout at ... view gallery
Johnson Space Center does give a hoot—about wildlife

Johnson Space Center does give a hoot—about wildlife

Feb 27, 2017
On Feb. 2, a crowd gathered outside of Building 11 to watch wildlife rehabilitator Merrell Skipper reveal an Eastern Screech Owl, Red-Tailed ... read more
Clearing the canal

Clearing the canal

Feb 21, 2017
Grounds team works to protect the people and native environment   Sun blazing and machines roaring, NASA Johnson Space Center’s ... read more
Ready to go

Ready to go

Feb 17, 2017
NASA provider SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in ... read more
NASA Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa to be inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

NASA Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa to be inducted into U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Feb 14, 2017
Veteran NASA astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D., the first Hispanic woman to go to space and 11th director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in ... read more
Yeah, we were ready for some football

Yeah, we were ready for some football

Feb 8, 2017
Before the New England Patriots made liars of statistics and history—completing what everyone originally thought they were going to do ... view gallery
Rob Navias to receive RNASA’s 2017 Space Communicator Award

Rob Navias to receive RNASA’s 2017 Space Communicator Award

Feb 7, 2017
The Rotary National Award for Space Achievement (RNASA) Foundation has selected Rob Navias, NASA Johnson Space Center Public Affairs ... read more
Johnson Space Center to host Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science meeting

Johnson Space Center to host Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science meeting

Feb 6, 2017
NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division will host planetary scientists and lunar experts from the Lunar ... read more
A safe walk on the wild side

A safe walk on the wild side

Feb 6, 2017
On Feb. 2, Johnson Space Center’s Sustainability team received support from some feathery and reptilian friends while promoting ... view gallery
Innovation is in the air—especially for Buildings 2N and 2S

Innovation is in the air—especially for Buildings 2N and 2S

Feb 5, 2017
Some people get discouraged about the small actions that are encouraged for more sustainable business. Recycling aluminum cans, unplugging ... read more
Accepting the risks of safety

Accepting the risks of safety

Feb 1, 2017
Like a parent’s steady hands behind their child as they learn to ride a bike, the Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate ... read more
Johnson Space Center’s director to serve on National Science Board

Johnson Space Center’s director to serve on National Science Board

Jan 30, 2017
Science has always had an advocate in Dr. Ellen Ochoa, director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Now, it is official, as Ochoa has been ... read more
NASA simulates Orion spacecraft launch conditions for crew

NASA simulates Orion spacecraft launch conditions for crew

Jan 26, 2017
In a lab at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, engineers simulated conditions that astronauts in spacesuits would experience when ... read more
Out from the ashes

Out from the ashes

Jan 20, 2017
“We built a new spacecraft from the ashes of Apollo 1, and here 21 months later we’re flying people to the moon.” Jerry C. ... read more
Are you ready for some football?

Are you ready for some football?

Jan 19, 2017
The countdown is on and Houston is readying for the Super Bowl LI headed to NRG Stadium on Feb. 5. With the Space City hosting the big game, ... read more
Remembering Gene Cernan

Remembering Gene Cernan

Jan 17, 2017
"We leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind." -- Cernan's closing words on ... read more
Houston Green Office Challenge announces 2016 winners—and we’re one!

Houston Green Office Challenge announces 2016 winners—and we’re one!

Jan 12, 2017
For the 2016 challenge, the city of Houston engaged corporations, local businesses and nonprofit organizations through a variety of ... read more
All about sustainability? You can count on it (and our birds!)

All about sustainability? You can count on it (and our birds!)

Jan 10, 2017
This female summer tanager (Piranga rubra) arrived at Johnson Space Center in the spring after spending the winter in Central or South ... read more
NASA assigns upcoming space station crew members

NASA assigns upcoming space station crew members

Jan 4, 2017
NASA is assigning veteran astronaut Andrew Feustel and first-flight astronaut Jeanette Epps to missions aboard the International Space ... read more