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News Archive / Tagged: Johnson Space Center

  • Johnson Space Center closed through Labor Day to evaluate safety after Harvey

    Derek RichardsonAugust 30th, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, has prompted NASA to cancel an in-flight question and answer session with Expedition 52 astronaut Peggy Whitson, who is currently aboard the International Space Station. Additionally, the Johnson Space Center will remained closed until Sept. 5, 2017, to all but mission mission-essential personnel while officials evaluate the safety of the center.

  • NanoRacks airlock moving toward 2019 installation on the ISS

    Jim SiegelJuly 21st, 2017

    Five months ago, NanoRacks LLC announced it would partner with Boeing to build the first private airlock for the International Space Station. That initiative is progressing and recently achieved a design milestone with the successful test of a NASA-built, full-scale mockup at the Johnson Space Center in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

  • Webb telescope to spend summer chilling in Houston

    Jim SharkeyJuly 13th, 2017

    While Houston, Texas, may be sweltering in 95-degree Fahrenheit (35 °C) heat this week, NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will soon be chilling in a vibration-insolation "hammock", hanging from the ceiling of Chamber A – an enormous thermal vacuum testing facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

  • VP Mike Pence welcomes NASA’s 12 new astronaut candidates

    Bart LeahyJune 8th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With Vice President Mike Pence on hand and providing comments during the ceremony, NASA announced the 2017 class of astronauts. The agency selected 12 individuals out of more than 18,000 applicants.

  • Eyes on: Watching NASA Work on the JWST with ‘Webb-cam’

    Larry KlaesJune 5th, 2017

    NASA has continued its very popular "Webb-cam" monitoring of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) with a special Webb camera installed in NASA's Johnson Space Center clean room in front of the massive thermal vacuum testing chamber known as Chamber A.

  • James Webb Space Telescope unveiled at NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Nathan MoellerMay 31st, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA officials highlighted the work being done on the agency's next generation space-based observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope, on Wednesday, May 31. The event was held to mark the beginning of a series of tests that precede the telescope's launch to space.

  • New NASA astronaut class to be announced June 7

    Bart LeahyMay 31st, 2017

    After fielding more than 18,300 applications between December 2015 and February 2016, NASA is ready to announce its astronaut class for 2017. Out of that record-breaking number, a bare 8–14 people will be selected to be part of the agency’s next human spaceflight missions. The space agency will make the announcement at 2 p.m. EDT (18:00 GMT) on June 7, 2017.

  • James Webb Space Telescope prepares for deep freeze

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 15th, 2017

    The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continued its long and meandering journey to space with a stop in Houston, Texas. The telescope has been moved to Johnson Space Center so it can undergo the last cryogenic test before the massive observatory is launched into space in 2018.

  • Expedition 53/54 crew provides details about their upcoming mission

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 11th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, along with their Russian crewmate Alexander Misurkin, detailed their future flight to members of the press on Wednesday, May 10. The trio of Expedition 53/54 crew members discussed the logistics and science that will be required during their flight to the ISS.

  • Insider Exclusive: Space Center Houston inspiring new generation of explorers

    Jason RhianFebruary 26th, 2017

    HOUSTON — With smartphones, the internet, and an array of ever-sophisticated electronic toys, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to hold the attention of the public. Space Center Houston is working to counter these distracting influences with an array of exhibits and interactive activities as well as a fleet of vehicles that helped make space travel a reality.

  • Insider Exclusive: JSC’s Astronaut Office innovating a path forward

    Jason RhianFebruary 10th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — A model of NASA's Orion spacecraft is prominently placed within the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. We sat down with Rick Mastracchio, a four-time spaceflight veteran with more than 227 days on orbit about how the Astronaut Office at JSC is working to make the agency's new Orion spacecraft more self-sufficient than those that preceded it.

  • NASA provides ‘insider’s’ look of JSC ahead of Super Bowl LI

    Nathan MoellerFebruary 4th, 2017

    HOUSTON, Texas — "Houston, we have a touchdown...". That's what NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) is set to announce when the agency supports Super Bowl LI, slated to be held in JSC's hometown on Sunday, Feb. 5. NASA held an event at JSC on Feb. 1 to highlight how JSC is preparing for the event.

  • Insider Exclusive: Orion designed to keep crew in the ‘loop’

    Jason RhianFebruary 1st, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA's next crew-rated spacecraft, Orion, has been engineered so that the vehicle is designed with the crews – who will fly on it – firmly in mind. Its windows, flight controls, even the seats for the roughly 22,899 lbs (10,387 kg) vehicle are being carefully crafted to guarantee mission success.

  • Take the plunge: Former astronaut talks about NASA’s NBL

    Jason RhianJanuary 30th, 2017

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — NASA continues to use one of its Texas-based assets to provide astronauts with training essential to the missions they conduct on-orbit. The Sonny Carter Neutral Buoyancy Lab is home to the massive pool where astronauts go underwater to simulate the microgravity environment in space.

  • Expedition 48/49 crew ready for journey to International Space Station

    Juan Diego DelagarzaMarch 9th, 2016

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas — Three members of the Expedition 48/49 crew detailed their upcoming flight to the International Space Station via their Soyuz MS-01 spacecraft. That mission is currently scheduled to get underway on June 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.