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, 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: Right Side of Control Panel
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April 17th, 2014
The close-up of the right side of the control panel in the Plum Brook Facility shows the controls for the manual operation of the shim rods.
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Space History Photo: Women Scientists in Training
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April 14th, 2014
Women scientists train in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator.
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Space History Photo: M2-F1 in Tow Flight
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April 9th, 2014
The M2-F1 lifting body, shown under tow, was designed as a means of landing an aircraft horizontally after atmospheric reentry.
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Space History Photo: X-1E Loaded in B-29 Mothership on Ramp
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April 16th, 2014
Bell Aircraft Corporation's X-1E is loaded under the Boeing B-29 mothership.
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Space History Photo: EVAtion
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April 11th, 2014
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been.
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Space History Photo: STS-86 Launch
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April 1st, 2014
Space Shuttle Atlantis begins STS-86 by blazing through the night sky.
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Space History Photo: Fairchild FC-2W2
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March 27th, 2014
The first aircraft purchased by the NACA.
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Space History Photo: Pilot Milt Thompson and the M2-F2 Lifting Body
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April 15th, 2014
Milt Thompson climbs into the cockpit of the M2-F2 lifting body research aircraft.
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Space History Photo: Impact Landing Dynamics Facility Crash Test
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April 10th, 2014
The Lunar Landing Research Facility was transformed into a site to conduct crash testing of full-scale aircraft.
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Space History Photo: Repair to the Huygens Probe
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March 31st, 2014
NASA technicians at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inspect and repair damage inside the Huygens probe before its successful launch.
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