This is an early version of the modern computer.
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 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.
Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II, is seen further away from the confines and safety of his ship than any previous astronaut has ever been.
The Lunar Landing Research Facility was transformed into a site to conduct crash testing of full-scale aircraft.
The M2-F1 lifting body, shown under tow, was designed as a means of landing an aircraft horizontally after atmospheric reentry.
NASA technicians at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inspect and repair damage inside the Huygens probe before its successful launch.
This technical rendition of Atlantis docked to the Kristall module of the Russian Mir Space Station shows the largest space platform ever assembled.
The Communication Technology Satellite, a high-powered spacecraft resulting from five years of cooperation between NASA and Canada's Department of Communications, was launched in January of 1976.
Astronaut Bruce McCandless II exits the EMU after successful deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The ground communication terminal for the Brazil/United States communication link via the Relay satellite which was launched late in 1962.