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2017 JSC Features
Space radiation is risky business for the human body
Sep 19, 2017
While people protect their eyes from the sun’s radiation during a solar eclipse, NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) is working ...
Orion parachutes measure up in high-pressure test
Sep 15, 2017
Orion’s three main orange and white parachutes help a representative model of the spacecraft descend through sky above Arizona, where ...
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft ends its historic exploration of Saturn
Sep 15, 2017
A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into ...
Cassini takes the plunge Sept. 15 in a final approach to Saturn
Sep 14, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into ...
Nosh on these September sustainability tidbits
Sep 14, 2017
A turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) rests on a mowed prairie at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. This avian scavenger has a diet completely ...
NASA’s one-year mission investigates how space affects astronauts’ functional performance
Sep 14, 2017
Adapting to the microgravity environment of space changes the way your brain interprets sensory signals, decreases muscle strength and ...
The kind of traffic we can be OK with
Sep 12, 2017
Though Hurricane Harvey attempted to dampen the resolve of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the culminating Stuff-the-Truck event for JSC ...
Exploring the ground truth: NASA’s Twin Study investigates metabolites
Aug 23, 2017
You may think you’re just an average Joe, but according to your metabolomics data, your body is percolating some expressive ...
Aircraft Operations Directorate just ‘plane’ generous in the fight against hunger
Aug 22, 2017
On Aug. 18, NASA Johnson Space Center’s Aircraft Operations Directorate (AOD) put their own unique, competitive spin on the fight ...
Stargazing (of the very specific star variety)
Aug 21, 2017
On Aug. 21 around 1 p.m., there was a peculiar sight to behold at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Most people were standing ...
Bring Our Children to Work Day entertains kids with space and STEM
Aug 18, 2017
Employees and their children descended upon Space Center Houston Aug. 10 to participate in NASA Johnson Space Center’s Bring Our ...
NASA protects its superheroes from space weather
Aug 17, 2017
It’s not a bird or a plane, but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our superheroes, but the reality is that ...
10 things to know (and share) about the Eclipse Across America
Aug 17, 2017
Despite the moon’s best efforts this Aug. 21 to downgrade the sun’s status as “center of the universe” by blocking ...
Science from the shadows
Aug 16, 2017
NASA Johnson Space Center’s fleet of WB-57 aircraft to aid researchers in gathering science from the shadow of the moon While most ...
The biggest astronomical event of 2017: Eclipse Across America
Aug 14, 2017
On Aug. 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of ...
Robotics workshop showcases hands-off capabilities useful in space and on the ground
Aug 11, 2017
NASA’s Software, Robotics and Simulation Division hosted their second robotics workshop this summer in the Space Vehicle Mockup ...
Nothing quite as sweet as success
Aug 10, 2017
With the tantalizing carrot of free ice cream for outstanding participation in the 2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), NASA ...
Cassini to begin final five orbits around Saturn
Aug 9, 2017
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ...
What do we want? Food! When do we want it? NOW
Aug 9, 2017
Once again, the JSC team will unite to knock out hunger in our community through JSC Feeds Families. The center's goal this ...
NASA Armstrong interns soar at agencywide networking event
Aug 8, 2017
Interns from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center in California launched a rocket, toured spaceflight facilities and gained inspiration ...
A topic near and 'deer'—sustainability
Aug 7, 2017
White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) fawns and a doe relax under an oak tree in NASA Johnson Space Center's mall. Female ...
NASA's Randy Bresnik, crewmates arrive at International Space Station
Aug 1, 2017
After a six-hour spaceflight, NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (the European Space ...
Goodbye HERA, hello sleep: NASA’s HERA XIII crew returns home to slumber
Aug 1, 2017
After 45 days in NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA), the four-man crew can hardly hold their eyes open. This mission was ...
Small business helps NASA reach for the stars
Jul 31, 2017
In preparation for testing of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Jacobs, under its JSC Engineering, Technology and Science Contract, is ...
A safe perspective
Jul 27, 2017
More than 300,000 college students participated in study abroad programs in 2016, immersing themselves in new environments and learning ...
New building reaffirms Johnson’s commitment to biomedical research and sustainability
Jul 27, 2017
On July 26, NASA’s Johnson Space Center unveiled Building 21, the newly minted home of the Human Health and Performance Laboratory. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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,” ...
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 ...
‘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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.” ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
‘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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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) ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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