Category Archives: NASA

MAVEN Satellite in KSC Cleanroom

MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN) is a satellite designed to investigate the dramatic climatic change the planet has experienced.  Though Mars once held liquid surface water, the dense atmosphere that supported it was lost to space long ago.  MAVEN will … Continue reading

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Backup MSL Rover at JPL Mars Yard

The backup Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Rover is seen here parked in its garage adjacent to the Mars Yard at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), an area designed with rock and terrain to mimic the surface of Mars.  Before operation commands … Continue reading

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InSight Mars Lander in Vandenberg Cleanroom

(click on the picture below to view 2 photospheres from inside of the cleanroom) On November 26th, 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will touch down on the Elysium Planitia of Mars.  Short for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat … Continue reading

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Inside of the Space Shuttle

(click on the picture below for a tour of 10 panoramas) Use the red directional links to navigate between all interior areas of a Space Shuttle Orbiter’s Crew Module and out into the Payload Bay.  Green links provide additional information … Continue reading

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Shuttle Carrier Aircraft 747

(click on the picture below for a tour of 3 panoramas) Check out the two interior areas of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA-905), a vintage 1970 747-100 used to transport space shuttle orbiters between NASA facilities. Find more information about … Continue reading

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Shuttle Training Aircraft (N944NA)

NASA modified four Gulfstream II aircraft to mimic the landing profile of a Space Shuttle orbiter and provide a simulating platform for astronauts.  Inside, the bipolar cockpit of the STA is half orbiter, half airplane, complete with the same glass … Continue reading

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Astronaut Crew Quarters

(click on the picture below for a tour of 11 panoramas) Located on the top floor of the Operations and Checkout building at Kennedy Space Center, these Astronaut Crew Quarters were first used for Gus Grissom and John Young before … Continue reading

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Launch Pad 39A Tour

(click on the picture below for a tour of 5 panoramas) Built in 1965, Launch Pad 39A has hosted 92 launches to space from the Apollo and Shuttle Programs.  Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins departed from there for … Continue reading

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Launch Control Center (LCC) Firing Room 4

(click on the picture below for a tour of 3 panoramas) Explore these three views of Firing Room 4 in the Kennedy Space Center Launch Control Center (LCC).  All launch operations for the Space Shuttle Program were coordinated from this … Continue reading

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Crawler Transporter Tour

(click on the picture below for a tour of 4 panoramas) The Crawler Transporters carried the 8.2 million pound Mobile Launch Platform and the 2.7 million pound Space Shuttle stack at a speed of 1 mph on the 3.5 mile … Continue reading

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Mate-Demate Devices: KSC and DFRC

When the space shuttle was unable to land back at Kennedy Space Center, it landed instead at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center within Edwards Air Force Base in California.  This necessitated a ferry flight back to Florida and the Mate-Demate … Continue reading

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