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50 Years of Exploration- The Golden Anniversary of NASA
NASA has been exploring our solar system and beyond since 1958.

Alan Shepard - Ambassador of Exploration
On May 5, 1961, Mercury astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. made history, becoming the first American in space with a 15-minute suborbital flight in his Freedom 7 capsule.

Alan Shepard Hits A Golf Ball on the Moon
Apollo 14 Commander and original Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to fly in space, tees off on the lunar surface during his 1971 mission, with crewmate Edgar Mitchell watching and capcom Fred Haise commenting from Mission Control. Shepard said the ball went 'miles and miles.'

America's First 'First' in Space
On Dec. 14, 1962, NASA's Mariner 2 spacecraft flew by Venus, making the United States the first country to complete a successful mission to another planet.

America's New Paths in Space
A half century since it launched the first American to orbit, NASA has begun a new era of space exploration, embarking on two parallel paths of future spaceflight.

apollo 8 christmas 1968 message
The famous Christmas message from the Moon given by the Apollo 8 crew.

Apollo 11 Landing Profile
The approach and landing of Apollo 11 has been reconstructed using data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Video Courtesy of GoneToPlaid.

Apollo 13 Damage
This video of the severely damaged Apollo 13 service module was taken by the crew after it was jettisoned. An entire panel on the service module was blown away by the explosion of oxygen tank number two. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert used the lunar module as a lifeboat and returned safely to Earth.

Apollo 15 Proves Galileo Correct
At the end of the last Apollo 15 moon walk, Commander David Scott held out a geologic hammer and a feather and dropped them at the same time. Because they were essentially in a vacuum, there was no air resistance and the feather fell at the same rate as the hammer, as Galileo had concluded hundreds of years before.

Apollo 17 Leaves the Moon
Astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt blast off in the lunar module's ascent stage after wrapping up the last of the Apollo lunar landing missions.

Archival Footage- John Glenn's Mercury Flight
Archival films document John Glenn's historic Feb. 20, 1962 Mercury flight in his Friendship 7, in which he became the first American to orbit the Earth. Clips include boarding the capsule, splashdown and recovery, and receiving an award from President Kennedy.

Astronaut John Young's Career
John Young served as a NASA astronaut for over four decades, flying on Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle. He walked on the moon during Apollo 16 in 1972 and commanded the first shuttle mission, STS-1, in 1981.

Atlantis Retrospective
A retrospective look at space shuttle Atlantis.

Aurora 7 and Scott Carpenter
The second time America sent an astronaut in orbit around the Earth.

Bolden on Shuttles 30th Anniverary
Bolden discusses the Space Shuttle after 30 years.

Cassini - 15 Years of Exploration
This video highlights sights and sounds from the journey of NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Cassini launched 15 years ago and has been exploring the Saturn system since 2004.

Celebrating 20 Years of Hubble
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope began a remarkable journey of discovery on April 24, 1990. After 20 years in space, the observatory has shown humanity more of the universe than ever before. With the help of the space shuttle, astronauts clarified Hubble's vision, then sharpened with ever-improving instruments.

Discovery Retrospective
A retrospective look at space shuttle Discovery on the eve of its final flight.

Earth Science Week 2012- Christy Hansen
A profile of Operation IceBridge Project Manager, Christy Hansen. Just a few months into the job, Christy is already managing a group of scientists and flight crews as they collect vital data over both of Earth's poles.

Earth Science Week 2012- Janel Thomas
A short video profile of Janel Thomas. She was a member of NASA's Genesis and Rapid Intensification Processes (GRIP) field campaign in 2010 where she operated the dropsonde instrument on board NASA’s DC-8 aircraft. She was a part of four successful missions into Hurricane Earl during late August and early September, 2010. Her research extends from the GRIP project where she is investigating the rapid intensification of tropical cyclones and the dynamic processes involved. She is currently forecasting for the NASA Hurricane and Severe Sentinel (HS3) Mission.

Fred Haise - An American Hero
Pilot, astronaut, scholar, businessman, role model... Fred Haise is the quintessential American Hero. Best known as one of the three NASA astronauts who survived potential tragedy on the ill-fated Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, Haise has also distinguished himself in other aerospace endeavors, academia, private industry and community service.

Friendship 7 50th Anniversary
50th Anniversary of American Orbital Flight

Gene Kranz Speech
Apollo Flight Director Gene Kranz addresses the test facility’s employees, near an Apollo 16 crew photo of Mattingly, Young, and Duke.

Goodyear Inflatoplane
A 1960 test film from the Langley Full Scale Tunnel of an inflatable airplane developed by Goodyear. As tunnel wind speed increases, the wings begin to buckle.

Gordon Cooper's Mercury Mission Faith 7
Historical B-roll of Gordon Cooper's flight of Faith 7

Hubble- 20 Years of Discovery
Hubble's discoveries have revolutionized nearly all areas of current astronomical research from planetary science to cosmology. Actor and writer Brent Spiner narrates a visual journey back in time and into the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

I Was Strolling on the Moon One Day
Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt sing while walking on the moon during the last Apollo lunar landing mission.

IBEX- Observing the Sun's Horizon
The Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, is the first mission designed to map the entire region of the boundary of our Solar System. This region emits no light so, instead, IBEX measures the particles traveling inward from the boundary. IBEX's objective is to discover the nature of the interactions between the solar wind and the interstellar medium at the edge of our Solar System.

Dan Burbank Gives a Station Tour
Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank gives a video tour of the International Space Station, highlighting some of the science facilities and equipment aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Joe Engle Recalls Legacy Of X-15 Testing at Dryden
Retired Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut Joe Engle recalled the legacy of the famed X-15 rocket plane recently during a colloquium at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. Engle, the only person to fly into space in both air and spacecraft, flew 16 hypersonic flights in the X-15 in the 1960s, the space shuttle approach and landing tests in 1977, and two orbital space missions in the 1980s.

Kennedy Space Center's 50th Anniversary
Take a look at Kennedy Space Center's rich legacy as the spaceport celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 1, 2012.

Kennedy Space Center's Countdown Clock
The blue countdown clock at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida served a vital role in the Space Shuttle Program to coordinate launch activities.

KSC Employees Assemble for Historic Photo
Employees at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Fla., took a few moments to assemble for a historic aerial photo Friday outside Kennedy’s Vehicle Assembly Building. Thousands of workers stood side-by-side to form an outline of a space shuttle. The event was organized in honor of the Space Shuttle Program’s 30-year legacy.

Learning Space- Elmo Visits Kennedy Space Center
Elmo came down to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to see the last launch of the space shuttle and to find out about spaceflight.

Modifying the VAB
The iconic Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is undergoing renovations to handle more rockets and spacecraft for the next generation of space explorers. The refurbishment includes modernizing the facility's infrastructure, including pulling out 50 miles of old cables.

Mt. St. Helens Timelapse
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington leveled surrounding forest, blasted away more than 1,000 feet of the mountain's summit and claimed 57 human lives. Landsat satellites have tracked the recovery of the surrounding forest. This video shows a timelapse of the recovery, with annual images from 1979-2011.

NASA Johnson Style - Gangnam Style Parody
NASA Johnson Style is a volunteer outreach video project created by the students of NASA's Johnson Space Center. It was created as an educational parody of Psy's Gangnam Style. The lyrics and scenes in the video have been re-imagined in order to inform the public about the amazing work going on at NASA and the Johnson Space Center.

Neil Armstrong- The Real Right Stuff- 1955 - 1962
Famed Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, was an engineering research test pilot at the NACA High-Speed Flight Station, later the NASA Flight Research Center, at Edwards from 1955 through 1962. This video recalls some of the many contributions he made to aerospace research during his seven-year stint at the center before he was selected for NASA's astronaut corps.

Neil Armstrong, Former NASA Astronaut
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon has died. He was 82. Armstrong, considered an American hero, commanded the the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon in 1969. The phrase he uttered that day as he stepped onto the surface of the moon, “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind,” became iconic.

Neil Armstrong Tribute
Astronauts and other former colleagues remember Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander and first man to walk on the moon.

New LRO Images Offer Sharper Views of Apollo Sites
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 sites, revealing the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored these areas.

One Small Step, One Giant Leap
Restored footage of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.

President Kennedy on Telstar
President John F. Kennedy gives a press conference on July 23, 1962.

President Kennedy's Speech at Rice University
On Sept. 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would land men on the moon.

Red Bull Stratos Presentation
Red Bull Stratos High Performance Director Andy Walshe & Technical Project Director Art Thompson share the Stratos story with JSC. Supported by a team of experts, Felix Baumgartner reached 128,100 feet in a stratospheric balloon, made a supersonic free-fall, and parachuted safely back to earth on Oct. 14, 2012 providing potentially valuable medical & scientific research data for future pioneers.

Remembering NASA Photographer Bill Taub
Bill Taub was able to capture the essence of the space program in his work from the time NASA began in 1958, through the last Apollo flight in 1975.

Saved By A Weather Satellite
This is a story about an incredibly challenging rescue that took place on Jan. 2, 2010, 250 miles off the shore of North Carolina. Dennis Clements was saved thanks to a distress signal sent from his emergency beacon (EPIRB) to the GOES satellite shortly before he was dragged under water.

ScienceCasts- Voyager 1 at the Final Frontier
At the edge of the solar system, Voyager 1 is reporting a sharp increase in cosmic rays that could herald the spacecraft's long-awaited entry into interstellar space.

ScienceCasts- What Exploded Over Russia
Two weeks after an asteroid exploded over Russia's Ural mountains, scientists are making progress understanding the origin and make-up of the unexpected space rock. This week's ScienceCast presents their latest results.

Space Shuttle Documentary (Narrated by William Shatner)
This feature-length documentary looks at the history of the most complex machine ever built. For 30 years, NASA's space shuttle carried humans to and from space, launched amazing observatories, and eventually constructed the next stop on the road to space exploration.

STS-135 Webcast
The STS-135 Webcast looks back on the 30-year Space Shuttle Program's accomplishments and ahead to the goals of the final mission with the crew, past shuttle astronauts and some of the people who made it all possible.

Time lapse- Mobile Launcher Moves
The mobile launcher returned from Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida following two weeks of structural and other testing. The 355-foot-tall structure is to be used by the Space Launch System.

Tsunami Makes Waves in More Than Just the Ocean
GPS technology helps scientists track tsunamis and improve future warning systems.

Voyager - 35 Years Later
This video drops in on mission control for NASA's Voyager spacecraft as Voyager 1 sends back data from the far reaches of our solar system.

We Are the Explorers
Why do we explore? Simply put, it is part of who we are, and it is something we have done throughout our history. In NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” we take a look at that tradition of reaching for things just beyond our grasp and how it is helping us lay the foundation for our greatest journeys ahead.

WMAP- From the Archives
On June 20, 2012, Dr. Charles Bennett and the WMAP science team were awarded the 2012 Gruber Cosmology Prize. The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was launched by NASA to measure the universe’s oldest light. By making precise measurements of temperature patterns in this light, WMAP has answered many longstanding questions about the universe's age, composition and development.

X-1 Flight
X-1 launch from the B-29 mothership during the mid-1950s. The mission of the X-1 was to investigate the transonic speed range (speeds from just below to just above the speed of sound) and, if possible, to break the 'sound barrier'.

X-1 Launch and Landing
X-1E launch from a B-29 and landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.circa 1955-1958

X-2 Flight
X-2 high-altitude launch from B-50 circa 1955-1956.

X-3 Flight
X-3 preflight calibration, test flight and landing circa 1954. The slender, jet-powered X-3, built by Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, tested such new materials as titanium and collected data on stability and control, pressure distribution, and flight loads.

X-3 Supersonic Research Flight
Mid-1950s NACA X-3 supersonic research flight. The slender, jet-powered X-3, built by Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California, tested such new materials as titanium and collected data on stability and control, pressure distribution, and flight loads.

X-4 Bantam Flight
Historic footage of the semi-tailless X-4 Bantam research aircraft flight testing by the NACA at Edwards AFB.

X-15 Flight
1960s X-15 air launch from B-52 mothership

X-15 Landing
1960s X-15 landing. Three X-15s made 199 flights during a research program which lasted from 1960 through 1968. It was a daring, yet highly successful program that resulted in hundreds of technical reports.

X-24A Landing
X-24A landing on Rogers Dry Lake at Edwards Air Force Base circa 1970.

X-24B Flight
1975 X-24B in flight and landing - air drop from mothership

X-29 Views
During the late 1980s two X-29 aircraft, featuring one of the most unusual designs in aviation history, were flown at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., as technology demonstrators to investigate a host of advanced concepts and technologies.

X-31 Herbst Turn
The X-31 program demonstrated the value of thrust vectoring (directing engine exhaust flow) coupled with advanced flight control systems, to provide controlled flight during close-in air combat at very high angles of attack. The result of this increased maneuverability is an airplane with a significant advantage over conventional fighters.

X-31 Post Stall Maneuver
The X-31 program demonstrated the value of thrust vectoring (directing engine exhaust flow) coupled with advanced flight control systems, to provide controlled flight during close-in air combat at very high angles of attack. The result of this increased maneuverability is an airplane with a significant advantage over conventional fighters.

X-40A Sixth Free Flight
Lift off and release of the X-40A space maneuvering vehicle in its sixth flight at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California.

The YF-12 'Blackbird' was an experimental fighter-interceptor version of the Lockheed A-12 aircraft. In Air Force flight tests on May 1, 1965, the YF-12 set a speed record of 2,070.101 miles per hour and an altitude record of 80,258 feet.