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This Week in NASA History: Alan Shepard Becomes First American in Space – May 5, 1961

This week in 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard lifted off in the Freedom 7 spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida, embarking on the first crewed space mission for the United States.

NASA Marshall Team on Earth Enables Science Success in Orbit

Inside humanity’s orbiting outpost is a buzz of activity as explorers, pilots, doctors, and scientists from around the world conduct experiments, maintain the facility, and develop new technologies.

Relevant Environment Provides Testing for Technology Payloads

Understanding how an experimental payload will respond to the conditions of space is crucial to a researcher's ability to confirm designs or make necessary adjustments before progressing to more costly orbital deployments.

NASA Continues RS-25 Engine Testing for Future Artemis Missions

NASA conducted a long-duration RS-25 single-engine test April 28, continuing its seven-part test series to support development and production of engines for future missions of the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket.

Relative Environment Provides Testing for Science Payloads

Understanding how an experimental payload will respond to the conditions of space is crucial to a researcher's ability to confirm designs or make necessary adjustments before progressing to more costly orbital deployments.

The Gateway to Weightlessness, the Edge of Space

Understanding how an experimental payload will respond to the conditions of space is crucial to a researcher's ability to confirm designs or make necessary adjustments before progressing to more costly orbital deployments.

This Week in NASA History: Spacelab D-2 Module Launches – April 26, 1993

This week in 1993, space shuttle Columbia, mission STS-55, launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center carrying an international crew of seven in support of the Spacelab D-2 mission.

NASA’s Space Launch System Core Stage Heads to Kennedy Space Center

The first core stage of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket departs Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, following completion of the Green Run series of tests of its design and systems.

Mother’s Inspiration β€˜Set the Tone’ for NASA Marshall HR Director Susan Whitfield’s Three-Decade Career with Agency

Susan Whitfield, who has been with NASA for three decades, became the human resources director at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in January. Her mother, Shelby Jean Smith, was a single parent who worked two jobs while raising three children.

Bubbles with Titanium Trigger Titanic Explosions

Scientists have found fragments of titanium blasting out of a famous supernova. This discovery, made with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, could be a major step in pinpointing exactly how some giant stars explode.

This Week in NASA History: Canadarm2 Installed on Space Station – April 22, 2001

This week in 2001, Canadarm2, launched aboard STS-100, was installed on the International Space Station.

NASA Removes Rocket Core Stage for Artemis Moon Mission from Stennis Test Stand

Crews at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, worked April 19-20 to remove the first flight core stage of the agency’s Space Launch System rocket from the B-2 Test...

As Artemis Moves Forward, NASA Picks SpaceX to Land Next Americans on Moon

NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to explore more of the Moon as part of the Artemis program, and the agency has selected SpaceX to continue development of the first commercial human lander that will safely carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface.

NASA to Announce Selection of Human Lander for Artemis Moon Mission

NASA will host a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today, Friday, April 16, to announce the company or companies selected to move forward in developing a modern human landing system (HLS) that will carry the next two American astronauts to the surface of the Moon and pave the way for sustainable lunar exploration under the Artemis program.

NASA Announces Winners of 2021 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

The winners of the 2021 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge – one of seven NASA Artemis Student Challenges – are announced.

This Week in NASA History: First Test Firing of Saturn V First Stage – April 16, 1965

This week in 1965, technicians at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center successfully test-fired the Saturn V first stage for the first time.

NASA Rover Challenge Awards to be Presented April 16

NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge will host a virtual awards ceremony for its competing teams Friday, April 16, at 9 a.m. CDT.

Telescopes Unite in Unprecedented Observations of Famous Black Hole

In April 2019, scientists released the first image of a black hole in the galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). However, that remarkable achievement was just the beginning of the science story to be told.

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