Space History Photos

The history of space exploration is rich with photos from NASA that detail the history of space travel, breakthrough propulsion systems, groundbreaking astronauts and missions, and robotic exploration. Each weekday, SPACE.com looks back at the history of spaceflight, from the early days of the space race through the space shuttle era, from the years of the first rockets and satellites to the test-flight era that preceded human spaceflight, and of course beyond.
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Space History Photo: Boilerplate Mercury Capsule
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July 22nd, 2014
Engineers inspect a boilerplate Mercury capsule.
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Space History Photo: Cooper Egressing 'Faith 7'
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July 14th, 2014
After a successful mission, Cooper is assisted from his mercury capsule.
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Space History Photo: 'Spider' Over The Ocean
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July 1st, 2014
The Apollo 9 Lunar Module is seen from the command module during the Apollo 9 earth-orbital mission.
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Space History Photo: Kathy Sullivan Dons Her Suit
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July 21st, 2014
Astronaut Kathy Sullivan poses for a picture with her space suit.
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Space History Photo: Materials Science Experiments Conducted at MSFC
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July 3rd, 2014
The first all-female crew of scientific experimenters prepare experiments that were used during the Space Shuttle/Spacelab missions.
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Space History Photos: Astronaut John Glenn in a State of Weightlessness During Friendship
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June 30th, 2014
During the Friendship 7 mission, John Glenn experiences weightlessness.
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Space History Photo: Ed White Performs First US Spacewalk
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June 25th, 2014
Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for the Gemini-Titan 4 space flight, floats in space during America’s first spacewalk.
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Space History Photo: Little Joe 5B High-Q-Abort Test
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July 15th, 2014
A Mercury spacecraft lands in the ocean after launched from Little Joe in a High-Q-Abort test.
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Space History Photo: Failed Attempt to Recover Liberty Bell 7
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July 2nd, 2014
A helicopter attempt to empty sea water from the Liberty Bell 7 fails.
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Space History Photo: Alfred J. Eggers
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June 27th, 2014
The former NASA Assistant Administrator for Policy and former Assistant Director for Research Applications at the National Science Foundation came to NACA in 1944.
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