Astronaut Bruce McCandless II exits the EMU after successful deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope.
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.
The ground communication terminal for the Brazil/United States communication link via the Relay satellite which was launched late in 1962.
NASA technicians wear cleanroom attire to inspect the Pioneer III probe prior to its trip to Cape Canaveral, FL.
Testing at the Icing Research Tunnel resulted in ice formations on the propeller and fuselage surfaces of this engine.
JPL's Space Flight Operations Facility began with tracking the Ranger 7 mission in 1964 and later collected the tracking and scientific information for the Deep Space Network.
Voyager 2, arriving at Jupiter four months after Voyager 1, was actually launched 16 days before its mate.
Dr. Robert Goddard, namesake for the Goddard Space Flight Center, is known as a pioneer in American Rocketry.
An artist's conception of the ACTS just after release from the space shuttle's cargo bay in September of 1993.