NASA engineers test multi-lobed air bags to protect the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft.
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 two astronauts are conducting Detailed Test Objective procedures in the payload bay of Endeavour.
The Cassini Saturn probe goes though vibration and thermal testing in preparation for its four year mission.
The Star Trek actress, Nichelle Nichols, was employed by NASA to recruit new astronauts into the late 1980s.
Ken Strite inspects the connection between the Space Shuttle Discovery and the external tank to be used during STS-103 mission launch.
Marjorie Townsend, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from George Washington University, discusses the X-ray Explorer Satellite with a colleague.
This launch vehicle is designed to carry a payload equal to the size and weight of those on a space shuttles.
Astronaut Jerry Ross approaches the Assembly Concept for Construction of Erectable Space Structures device.
A NASA engineer measures velocity and gradient distortion with lasers during a cold-flow propulsion research test.