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Mankind’s greatest adventure has been our voyages into outer space. The world has been mesmerized with images of the fragile blue ball we call home from hundreds of miles away. We have been transfixed with our heroics on the moon and thrilled as we watched rockets thunder into the sky.

Across the country, that history is celebrated at the 13 NASA space and science centers. It doesn’t matter if you’re a space geek or a casual observer, the centers offer something for everyone — fascinating exhibits, educational guided tours, immersive IMAX movies, rides, and shuttle simulators that will test your piloting skills. Many places even have snack bars and restaurants.

Here are only a few of the out-of-this-world, can’t-miss experiences waiting for you at NASA visitor centers.

All NASA visitor centers have variable hours (and some are temporarily closed) due to COVID-19. Visit their website for updates on their hours of operation.

Inside the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.

1. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Cape canaveral, florida.

When most people think about our space program, they remember images of rockets roaring into a beautiful blue Florida sky. This is the place — the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, Florida.

Out of all of the NASA visitor’s centers, Kennedy has the most to offer — IMAX theaters showing not only space films but documentaries and feature movies as well; guided tours of launch facilities at Cape Canaveral (also known as Cape Kennedy); Astronaut Encounters where you can have lunch with our astronauts, feel the sensation of being launched aboard a space shuttle, and take a tour of the actual space shuttle, Atlantis, with former launch director Mike Leinbach; for the youngsters, the two-story Planet Play playground, and so much more.

However, the big attraction and experience at Kennedy is that you can get the best seats to see an actual launch. Missions (both manned and unmanned) launch almost every week. Very soon, you can have front row seats to see the largest rocket ever built — the Space Launch System (SLS) — take to the sky as we get ready to return to the moon. Visit the center’s Launch Schedule website for the latest schedule and ticket prices.

There are a variety of ticket packages available. Visit the KSC website for details. Keep in mind that launches draw a crowd, so get your tickets early. The center is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remember, though, that Kennedy is a working spaceport, so some attractions (like bus tours) may be closed during launches.

The Space Center Houston in Texas.

2. Space Center

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Next to the Kennedy Space Center, Space Center Houston is the second most popular NASA visitor center. Once a rocket is launched from Florida, control of the flight is switched here to the Johnson Spaceflight Center (you know, “Houston, we’ve had a problem”).

As with all centers, the Houston center has plenty of historic artifacts, including the iconic Christopher C. Kraft Mission Control Center, where mission controllers worked to land a man on the moon, but the big draw here is being able to watch astronauts train. A special tram ride takes you to the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, where astronauts train on the latest spacecraft, including the International Space Station and the new Orion spacecraft, that will one day head to the moon and Mars.

Being an active space training facility and mission control center, the visitor center is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. The center has extended hours for the Christmas Galaxy Lights display that runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving through New Year’s weekend.

No matter when you visit, it’s best to purchase your tickets online to avoid crowds.

The U.S. Space And Rocket Center in Alabama.

3. U.S. Space And Rocket Center

Huntsville, alabama.

They call it the “Rocket City” — Huntsville, Alabama . It was here that Dr. Wernher von Braun and his team developed the Redstone rocket that put our first astronaut — Alan Shepard — into space, as well as the Saturn V that landed men on the moon. The U.S. Space and Rocket Center celebrates this history with thousands of historical artifacts.

But it’s not all about history. There are plenty of interactive activities for the explorer in you, like the Adult or Family Astronaut Training programs where you get to do a little astronaut training, take a 5-minute ride on the HyperShip motion-based simulator, experience the force of gravity on the G-Force Accelerator, take a spin on the stomach-churning Multi-Axis Trainer, and more.

For those who want something a little more down-to-earth, bus tours of the Redstone Arsenal, where our space journey began, are also available.

You will also see one of the few remaining and intact Saturn V rockets. In fact, you can’t miss it. It can be seen for miles as you drive along I-565 heading to the center.

And since Huntsville became the burgeoning city it is today due to the German rocket scientists, it’s only fitting that there is a German Biergarten serving up live music and beer spring through fall.

The center is open Monday — Friday 10 a.m. to 4 pm., Saturday 10 to 5, and Sunday 11 to 5. Tickets can be purchased online or at the entrance.

The Infinity Science Center in Mississippi.

4. Infinity Science Center

Pearlington, mississippi.

A little-known NASA facility located just off I-10 in Pearlington, Mississippi, is the Infinity Science Center at the Stennis Space Center.

Stennis is the site where NASA tests all of their rocket engines. In fact, the largest engines ever built for the Saturn V moon rocket and the new Space Launch System (SLS) are fired up here, and if you’re lucky, you may get to see the show.

The Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

Being small in size, Stennis tends to be less crowded but still makes for a full day of exploration. The center has movies and documentaries playing throughout the day in their 3D Immersive Theater, the actual first stage of a Saturn V moon rocket, an Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Simulator, rooms of historical artifacts, guided bus tours of engine test stands, a snack bar, and more.

Infinity is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed on major holidays. Current ticket prices can be found online.

5. Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Pasadena, california.

Talk about being far out — it doesn’t get any farther than at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California . This is where all of the unmanned satellites that zip through the galaxy — and beyond — are tracked like the Voyagers launched in the 1970s. These satellites are still doing research billions of miles outside our own solar system, and the Mars rovers are trekking across the Martian landscape.

All tours begin with a multimedia presentation, Journey to the Planets and Beyond, then take you to see flight operations and spacecraft assembly.

Tours are available from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed on weekends. Tours are free, but reservations are required. Contact JPL at (818) 352-1234. Valid identification such as a driver’s license is required for entry.

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6. Wallops Flight Facility

Wallops island, virginia.

Looking for more rocket launches? Then head over to Wallops Island, Virginia, and the NASA Wallops Flight Facility . Grab a seat in the bleachers to feel the thunder of large-scale launch vehicles like the Antares or sit on the center’s observation deck for the thrill of a sounding rocket launch.

The visitor center also has many exhibits documenting the history of flight from the Wright Brothers to the Space Station.

Wallops Island is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, July through August, Tuesday through Saturday, September through June, closed major holidays. Admission is free.

7. Virginia Air And Space Museum

Hampton, virginia.

The history of aviation is on full display at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Virginia.

The museum features over 30 historic aircraft and spacecraft, including the Apollo 12 capsule and the first Orion capsule, IMAX movies, and a killer simulator — the MaxFlight, a fully interactive, 360-degree simulator complete with authentic pitch and roll (up and down, side to side) just like an actual airplane. And different planes such as vintage WWII fighters and jets turn the experience into a roller coaster.

Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m., closed all major holidays. Beat the crowd by purchasing your tickets online.

The space shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Center.

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8. Space Shuttles

Then there are those science and aviation-based museums that, while not an official NASA visitor center, still have some pretty amazing NASA connections — actual flight flown space shuttles.

Docked along the banks of the Hudson River in lower Manhattan , the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Intrepid is incredible on its own, but add to the experience the space shuttle Enterprise that was used for initial testing of the shuttle’s landing capabilities.

The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s annex, Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, plays host to the workhorse of the shuttle fleet, Discovery, which logged in 149 million miles over 39 flights.

And the space shuttle Endeavor has found a permanent home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles .

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NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., houses the higher-ups responsible for charting the space agency's course and implementing its vision. For the record, that vision is: "To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind."

NASA HQ is located at Two Independence Square, a building in a complex at 300 E Street SW in the nation's capital. It oversees activities conducted at the agency's 10 field centers and a variety of installations scattered around the country. [ Infographic: NASA Centers' New Mission ]

Headquarters is divided into four main organizations, which the agency calls mission directorates. These directorates are Aeronautics, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology. [ Giant Leaps: Top Milestones of Human Spaceflight ]

Aeronautics

NASA isn't just about spaceflight and space science, as its full name — the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — makes clear. In fact, the precursor to the agency was the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which formed in 1915.

The Aeronautics Mission Directorate works to make air travel smoother and safer. The directorate has three main goals, according to its website: 1) Improve gate-to-gate mobility in the nation's commercial air transportation system; 2) Reduce aircraft noise, emissions and fuel use, as well as the overall environmental impact on communities surrounding airports; and 3) Maintain or improve aircraft safety.

In 2016, NASA launched New Aviation Horizons. The new initiative emphasizes X-planes, a series of experimental aircraft to test the latest ideas related to flight. 

Aeronautics research takes place at four of NASA's 10 centers: Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.; Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio; and Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

The Aeronautics Mission Directorate received $660 million in the White House's budget request for fiscal year 2017.

Of President Trump's proposed 2018 budget, NASA's acting administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement , "This budget also keeps aeronautics on stable footing allowing us to continue our forward movement in many areas, including the New Aviation Horizons initiative."

Human exploration and operations

This directorate manages NASA's human spaceflight operations in low-Earth orbit and beyond. Much of the work is connected with the $100 billion International Space Station , which has hosted astronauts continuously since 2000.

Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) also manages the space agency's efforts to nurture the emerging American private spaceflight industry, which NASA wants to fill the crew- and cargo-carrying shoes of the retired space shuttle fleet. That includes the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO) , with the program goal to "extend human presence in space by enabling an expanding and robust U.S. commercial space transportation industry."

Despite hopes that at least two American commercial spaceships would be ready to ferry astronauts to and from the space station by 2017, the date has been pushed back due to safety concerns. The agency has also inked deals with two companies — California-based SpaceX and Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp. — to make supply runs to the orbiting lab with unmanned craft. [ Special Report: The Private Space Taxi Race ]

But NASA is also working to get people to  Mars  and other deep-space destinations. To make this happen, the agency is building a huge rocket called the Space Launch System and a capsule known as Orion. However, in a propulsion meeting of the  American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics  in July 2017, Bill Gerstenmaier, head of HEO, responded to a question about when NASA will send humans to the surface of Mars by saying, "I can't put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is … the other piece is, at the budget levels we described, this roughly 2 percent increase … we don't have the surface systems available for Mars. And that entry, descent and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars."

The HEO directorate is relatively new, having been created in August 2011. It combines two previous directorates, which were known as Space Operations and Exploration Systems.

HEO received $4.3 billion for exploration and $4.9 billion for space operations in 2017.

NASA field centers that are key to the goals and activities of this directorate include Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, Houston's Johnson Space Center and Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

The Science Mission Directorate manages NASA's many scientific and unmanned exploration activities, which the space agency breaks into four main areas: Earth science, planetary science, heliophysics and astrophysics.

The directorate's cosmic reach is thus vast, spanning missions that study Earth from space to unmanned efforts that explore other worlds such as Mars and Jupiter to space telescopes that peer to the very edge of the observable universe.

For example, Science oversees the $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory mission, which dropped the 1-ton Curiosity rover onto the Red Planet's surface on Aug. 5, 2012. And it's responsible for the $8.8 billion James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope that's slated for a 2019 launch .

The Science Mission Directorate is receiving $5.7 billion in the enacted 2017 federal budget. (The allocations to NASA's directorates don't add up to the agency's total budget of $19.7 billion because some money goes to construction, field center management and education efforts, among other things.)

Under Trump's 2018 proposal, the budget for planetary science would increase, but the budget for Earth science would decrease . Of that budget, Lightfoot said, "Overall science funding is stable, although some missions in development will not go forward and others will see increases. We remain committed to studying our home planet and the universe, but are reshaping our focus within the resources available to us — a budget not far from where we have been in recent years, and which enables our wide-ranging science work on many fronts."

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has managed many of the space agency's robotic exploration missions over the years. Several other NASA field centers play a large role in the Science Mission Directorate's activities, including Ames and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. 

Space technology

The Space Technology Mission Directorate concentrates on developing the technologies NASA needs for its ongoing and future missions — for example, efficient solar-electric propulsion systems that agency officials say will be crucial to crewed Mars efforts down the road.

Such work is not restricted to NASA research centers; technology development commonly occurs via partnerships with government agencies in the United States and abroad, as well as with academia and private industry.

Space Technology is getting $686.5 million in 2017 — about 3.5 percent of NASA's total budget for the year.

Additional reporting by Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com contributor.

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Collections in the NASA Archives cover a wide range of subjects, such as the agency's various programs, projects, personnel, administration, culture, and facilities.

Formats found in the NASA Archives’ collections include textual documentation, still imagery, audiovisual materials, technical drawings, ephemera, artwork, and digital records.

Formats found in the NASA Archives' collections include textual documentation, still imagery, audiovisual materials, technical drawings, ephemera, artwork, and digital records.

Analog and digital text-based records include program and project documentation, agency and center-level newsletters and other serials, reports, reviews, and correspondence.

Analog and digital text-based records include program and project documentation, agency and center-level newsletters and other serials, reports, reviews, and correspondence.

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The NASA Archives preserves and provides access to oral histories created by NASA historians.

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The JPL Archival collection provides evidence to the rich organizational, mission, and cultural histories of the institution by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available primary source materials that have long-term value for research by users at JPL, Caltech, NASA and the wider public.

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NASA's behind some of the biggest space-related achievements in history. But where in the world is the organization? Here's where you can find it.

NASA   is the biggest name in U.S. space exploration, and because of this, it has multiple facilities scattered all across the country. While most government agencies aren't all that exciting, NASA is one of the rare exceptions . Founded in 1958 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, NASA is where almost all major space exploration in the United States starts and ends.

In the six decades since its founding, NASA's been behind some of the most notable missions in space history. It landed the first human on the Moon, played a large role in creating telescopes like Hubble and James Webb, and has plans to send the first humans to Mars in the 2030s. NASA isn't the only large organization attempting to uncover the mysteries of the universe, but it is one of the best at doing so.

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Part of NASA's success is thanks to its large footprint all over the U.S. NASA has multiple ground facilities in various parts of the country. Each one plays a critical role in how the organization runs, but none are as important as its headquarters. NASA's HQ is located in Washington D.C. and acts as the  "leadership nerve center for the agency's activities."  This is where NASA executives work together to create new management plans, oversee the organization's Field Centers, and keep a constant watch on the International Space Station.

Where Other NASA Facilities Are Located

But HQ is far from the only facility NASA relies on. Also critical to NASA operations is the Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas. The JSC is best known for housing NASA's mission control operations — and the place astronauts communicate with when talking to 'Houston.' JSC is also responsible for directing NASA's station programs, helps design new spacecraft, and is where astronauts train for upcoming missions. Another famous NASA facility is the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. According to NASA , the Kennedy Space Center  "prepares the station modules and space shuttles for each mission, coordinates each countdown, and manages space shuttle launch and post-landing operations."

The Marshall Space Flight Center isn't quite as famous as Johnson or Kennedy, but that's not to say it isn't important. Located in Huntsville, Alabama, MSFC is in charge of U.S. and partner experiments happening on the ISS . It's also the facility that created most U.S. modules on the space station, including the critical Environment Control Life Support System. The Ames Research Center is another key NASA facility. This is where NASA carries out much of its research projects, which is very fitting given its location in Moffett Field, California (right within Silicon Valley).

And that's just a small preview of some of the most notable NASA facilities. There's also the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California — responsible for creating NASA's planetary robotic spacecraft (like the Perseverance rover). There's also the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, which is a facility dedicated to helping humanity  " better understand the entire universe ."  The rest of NASA facilities and their locations are as follows: Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana; Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi; Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia; Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia; Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland; IV&V Facility in Fairmount, West Virginia; and Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio.

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The NASA Langley Research Center, established in 1917 in Hampton, Va., as the Agency’s original field center, is a research, science, technology, and development center that provides game-changing innovations that enable NASA to make significant contributions to the nation. Current Langley researchers are focusing on some of the biggest technical challenges of our time: global climate change, access and expansion of humans into deep space, and revolutionizing airplanes, on-demand air transportation, and the air transportation system as a whole. From fundamental research to mission development and operations, NASA’s Langley Research Center defines, develops, and demonstrates breakthrough systems solutions so that what we do and learn will benefit all of humankind.

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Can we visit nasa?

Sure! NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is a U.S. government agency that is responsible for the country’s civilian space program. Visitors are welcome at many of NASA’s facilities, including the headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Yes, you can visit NASA. There are a variety of ways to do so. You can go on one of the many tours that are available, participate in public events that are held at various NASA locations, or even attend a space launch.

Is NASA still open to the public?

There are many NASA Visitor Centers located across the United States. Each one offers a unique blend of education and entertainment. You can learn about space exploration, see artifacts from past missions, and even talk to a real astronaut!

As of now, NASA is only allowing entrance to those who have advanced sponsorship by a NASA employee or on-site contractor. This is due to the current situation with COVID-19 and NASA is following guidance from federal, state and community officials.

How much does it cost to go to NASA

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If you’re looking to experience everything the visitor complex has to offer, you can do so for as low as $45 per day. With a 2-Day Admission Ticket, you can save and return for a second time within 6 months. Keep in mind that some experiences are add-on enhancements and not included with daily admission, so be sure to check for those before you visit.

Space Center Houston is a great place to visit if you’re interested in learning about the US space program. The center has a variety of exhibits and activities that will teach you about the history of space exploration and the work that NASA is doing today. You can also take a tour of the facilities at the Johnson Space Center, which is the home of NASA’s Mission Control. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet an astronaut!

Can you visit NASA in Florida?

The Kennedy Space Center, located in Florida, is a major space activity center for NASA. The center is open for visitations and has many great attractions, including launches and space-related events.

Space Center Houston is one of the most unique places in the world. Not only can visitors see and touch real moon rocks, but they can also tour NASA facilities and see astronauts training for future missions. It’s an exciting place to learn about space and the future of space exploration.

How can I get entry in NASA?

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A career as a scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field from an accredited college or university.

A Master’s degree in a STEM field from an accredited college or university is also required for many positions, and a Doctoral degree or relevant work experience is required for some senior positions.

Space tourism is the tourism of space, where people pay for the experience of traveling beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. Space tourism requires space vehicles to travel beyond the atmosphere and into space. The first commercial space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, began operating in 2004. Space tourism currently involves only a very small number of people, and is still very expensive.

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“While acknowledging the common interest of all mankind in the progress of the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes,” it provides the framework for countries to engage in cooperative efforts while also recognising that each nation has the right to independently explore and utilise space.

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Can you buy a ticket to space?

You can now purchase tickets to take a trip to space through Virgin Galactic’s space plane. Richard Branson-owned Virgin Galactic has tickets on sale for the next human space flight. Each ticket costs ₹$450,000 for a space trip that lets you experience weightlessness and view the Earth’s curvature.

The Golden Spike Company has announced that it will charge $750 million per seat for future lunar landing tourism. This is an incredible amount of money, and it’s unclear how many people will be willing or able to pay it. However, it’s possible that there will be a market for this type of tourism, and Golden Spike is clearly betting on that. Only time will tell if this gamble pays off.

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Don’t miss out on the NASA Tram Tour at Space Center Houston! This is your chance to go behind the scenes at the Johnson Space Center and learn more about human space exploration. The tour is included with your admission to Space Center Houston, so don’t miss out!

How much does it cost to go to space Houston?

The Space Center Houston app is a great way to explore the center and learn more about NASA and its Tram Tour. The app includes interactive GPS maps, NASA Tram Tour Boarding Passes, audio tours, and more. The Tram Tour is a great way to see the center and learn more about the work that goes on there. The app is a great way to plan your visit and make the most of your time at the center.

NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. is the primary center of the United States Federal Government’s executive branch concentration of executive offices and agencies related to space exploration. The headquarters houses the offices of the NASA Administrator and several Deputy Administrators, as well as supporting offices which report directly to the NASA Administrator. Mission Control for human spaceflight operations is located at NASA Headquarters.

Where is NASA in USA located

NASA consists of its Headquarters in Washington, DC, and 10 field centers. NASA Headquarters is responsible for the overall direction and management of the NASA Field Centers. The 10 field centers are:

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If you’ve ever dreamed of going to space, your time has finally come! Virgin Galactic is now selling tickets for a trip to space, with sales opening today, February 16, 2022. For just $450,000, you can purchase a reservation for an initial spaceflight and become a member of the Future Astronauts community. This is a major step in the commercialization of space travel and an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed!

No, the general public cannot visit NASA facilities. However, there are many opportunities to view a NASA launch or participate in other public events related to the space program.

Yes, you can visit NASA! There are many ways to do so, too. You can visit one of their visitor centers, take a behind-the-scenes tour, or even participate in their research and development programs. So if you’ve ever wanted to see NASA up close, you certainly can.

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Editor’s note: This news release was updated on Jan. 22, 2024, to adjust the list of participants at Marshall Space Flight Center.

In honor of the members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery for the benefit all, the agency will host its annual Day of Remembrance Thursday, Jan. 25. Traditionally held on the fourth Thursday in January each year, NASA Day of Remembrance will commemorate the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia.  

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, and Associate Administrator Jim Free also will host a town hall at the agency’s headquarters in Washington at 1 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 23.  

In a dialogue with employees, the leaders will highlight how NASA safety is the cornerstone to achieving mission success. The town hall will air live on the NASA+ streaming service. Coverage also will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s  website . Learn how to  stream NASA TV  through a variety of platforms, including social media. 

On Jan. 25, Nelson will lead an observance with Melroy and Free at 1 p.m. EST at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, which will begin with a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by observances for the Apollo 1, Challenger, and Columbia crews. 

“Our annual Day of Remembrance honors the sacrifice of the NASA family who lost their lives in the pursuit of discovery,” said Nelson. “While it is a solemn day, we are forever thankful that our fallen heroes shared their spirt of exploration with NASA, our country, and the world. Today, and every day, we embrace NASA’s core value of safety as we expand our reach in the cosmos for the benefit of all humanity.” 

The administrator will send an agencywide message to employees. Additional agency centers also will hold observances for NASA Day of Remembrance:  

Johnson Space Center, Houston  

NASA Johnson will hold a commemoration at the Astronaut Memorial Grove at 10 a.m. CST. The ceremony will include remarks by Johnson Director Vanessa Wyche. This event will feature a moment of silence, NASA T-38 flyover, taps performed by the Texas A&M Squadron 17, and a tree dedication for former NASA astronaut Karol Bobko. 

Kennedy Space Center, Florida  

NASA Kennedy, in partnership with The Astronauts Memorial Foundation, will host a Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial at Kennedy’s Visitor Complex at 10 a.m. EST. Kathie Fulgham, Astronaut Memorial Foundation chairman and daughter of former NASA astronaut Dick Scobee, will serve as the master of ceremonies. Scobee served as the commander of the space shuttle Challenger.  

Kennedy’s Associate Director in Management, Burt Summerfield, will provide remarks during the ceremony, which will livestream on Kennedy’s Facebook, X , and YouTube pages. 

Ames Research Center, California  

NASA Ames will hold a remembrance ceremony at 1 p.m. PST that includes remarks from Center Director Dr. Eugene Tu, a moment of silence, and bell ringing commemoration. 

Glenn Research Center, Cleveland  

NASA Glenn will observe Day of Remembrance with remarks at 1 p.m. EST from Center Director Dr. Jimmy Kenyon followed by wreath placement, moment of silence, and taps at Lewis Field​. 

Langley Research Center, Hampton, Virginia  

NASA Langley will hold a remembrance ceremony with Center Director Clayton Turner and Acting Deputy Director Lisa Ziehmann followed by placing flags at the Langley Workers Memorial. 

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama  

NASA Marshall will hold a candle-lighting ceremony and wreath placement at 9 a.m. CST. The ceremony will include remarks from Associate Director Larry Leopard, Bill Hill, director of Marshall’s Office of Safety and Mission Assurance.  

Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 

NASA Stennis and the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at 9 a.m. CST with remarks from Stennis’ Associate Director Rodney McKellip and NSSC’s Acting Executive Director Ken Newton. 

The agency also is paying tribute to its fallen astronauts with special online content, updated on NASA’s Day of Remembrance, at: 

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NASA headquarters releases its best photos from 2023: See the stunning pictures

I n this New Year of 2024 , many memorable images from the year of 2023 are worth enjoying and reflecting on as a way to remember and celebrate outstanding accomplishments and discoveries.

The year 2023 was a big one for NASA, including the celebration of 25 years of the International Space Station, the Artemis II launch, asteroid samples being brought to Earth and more. 

As technology advances each year, NASA has released its most memorable images from the past year of all things air and space.

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Late last year, a spacecraft containing samples of a 4.6-billion-year-old asteroid landed safely in the desert after a 1.2-billion mile journey . There was only one little problem: NASA couldn’t get the canister containing its prized rocks open.

After months of tinkering, scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston finally dislodged two stuck fasteners that had kept the pieces of the asteroid Bennu out of researchers’ hands.

“It’s open! It’s open!” NASA’s Planetary Science Division posted Friday on X, along with a photograph of the slate-colored bounty of dust and small rocks inside the canister.

Scientists had to switch course on the canister opening effort in mid-October after it became clear that none of the items in NASA’s box of approved tools could force open the last two of 35 fasteners sealing the canister.

To prevent the sample from being contaminated by Earthly air, it has been stored in a clean room in the Houston facility where hazmat-suited curators delicately dismantled the canister. The team custom-designed new tools to pry open the final latches.

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The agency will now finish extracting the approximately 9-ounce sample, which will be weighed and chemically analyzed. Much of the payload from OSIRIS-REx (an acronym for Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer) will then be frozen and carefully preserved so that future generations of scientists will be able to study it with advanced technologies.

“We are overjoyed with the success,” NASA’s chief OSIRIS-REx sample curator, Nicole Lunning, said in a statement .

It took more than seven years and roughly $1 billion to bring back a sample from Bennu, a space rock formed during the earliest days of the solar system. The asteroid samples found on Earth have essentially been cooked by their searing journey through the atmosphere, which limits what scientists can learn from them.

With OSIRIS-REx, “the objective is to bring back an ancient piece of the early solar system that is pristine,” NASA astrobiologist Jason Dworkin told The Times in September. “You can use these leftovers of the formation of the solar system to construct what happened in that formation.”

The spacecraft that collected the sample in 2020 and released it toward Earth in September is now heading on to its next mission. The craft, now named OSIRIS-APophis EXplorer , or OSIRIS-APEX, is on its way to a peanut-shaped asteroid named Apophis .

PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Lance Benner, principal scientist, left; Paul Chodas, Director of Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) and Mark Haynes, radar system engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory are studying the 1100-foot wide asteroid Apophis that will come within viewing distance of Earth on April 13, 2029. This will be one of the best opportunities to learn about the formation of the solar system and how we might defend ourselves as a planet against an asteroid strike in the future. Photographed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

An asteroid will just miss us in 2029. Scientists are making the most of a rare opportunity

A huge asteroid will fly by Earth in April 2029. It won’t be close enough to hit us, but it will be close enough to study, so scientists are getting ready.

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For a short (but alarming) time, astronomers thought Apophis might be on track to smash disastrously into Earth. Now that that worrying possibility has been ruled out , scientists are eagerly looking ahead to 2029, when the asteroid will pass closer to Earth than any object of its size ever has.

“It’s something that almost never happens, and yet we get to witness it in our lifetime,” JPL navigation engineer Davide Farnocchia said last year. “We usually send spacecraft out there to visit asteroids and find out about them. In this case, it’s nature doing the flyby for us.”

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