Space Pioneers

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Apollo 11 launch at Cape Canaveral / Ralph Crane
five astronauts in silver suits standing next to each other on a bench with a red table behind them
Florida's Space Coast by Wade Arnold, Foreword by Astronaut Andy Allen
On this Day in History, April 9, 1959: NASA introduced America’s first astronauts who became known as the Original Seven (pictured) and were chosen for the country’s first space program "Project Mercury"
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Wright Brothers
an astronaut is hanging from the side of a space station
Backdropped by a Colorful Earth - NASA
Backdropped by a Colorful Earth STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert L. Curbeam, Jr. (left) and Christer Fuglesang participate in the first of the mission's three planned sessions of extravehicular activity as construction resumes on the International Space Station
an astronaut is in the window of a space station
10 Years of Red Bull Stratos
“Start the cameras and our guardian angel will take care of you.” - Words of wisdom from Col. Joe Kittinger before Felix stepped away from his capsule falling into the stratosphere.
an image of the moon taken from space with earth in the foreground and stars in the background
Magical Nature Tour
Space view of Earth and Moon
an image of the earth taken from space, looking down on it's horizon
volcano, seen from space.
a piece of food that has been eaten
On January 28, 1986, after about 73 seconds into its launch, space shuttle Challenger exploded, leading to the deaths of its seven crew members, which included the first teacher in space.
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10 Years Since Columbia Accident
The Challenger crew outside the shuttle's hatch on a prelaunch visit. From left: Christa McAuliffe, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnick, Francis (Dick) Scobee, Ron McNair, Michael Smith, and Ellison Onizuka. (NASA)
the space shuttle lifts off into the sky
D.C. at a standstill as thousands gather to watch Space Shuttle Discovery as it performs flyover on the back of jumbo jet before retirement at Smithsonian
The Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off for the final mission of the program in 2011
an astronaut floating in the sky above earth
Hanging on for dear life!
a woman in blue jumps off the side of a space shuttle while holding her arms out
In 1986, schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe died along with with 6 other crew members when their shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds into launch. Here she is experiencing weightlessness in a training flight.
a woman in an astronaut's uniform smiles while sitting at a table with other people
It's Full of Stars
Sally Ride (First American Woman in space) has died after a 17-month long battle against pancreatic cancer. She became a household name after her historic flight on Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983, and then used her high-profile to encourage kids, especially young girls, to pursue science, math, and engineering careers. Sally, you will be dearly missed.