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News Archive / Tagged: Johnson Space Center

  • The Orion Crew Module: A conversation with NASA’s Jason Hutt

    Scott JohnsonNovember 21st, 2022

    In the lead-up to the first Artemis 1 Space Launch System launch attempt, Spaceflight Insider had the opportunity to speak with a number of people involved in its design, construction, assembly, and flight. One of those people is Jason Hutt -- NASA's human-rating, systems engineering, and integration lead for the Orion crew module.

  • 50-year-old Apollo Moon samples unsealed for the first time

    Theresa CrossApril 1st, 2022

    Moon rock and dust samples collected by Apollo 17 astronauts in 1972, “sealed for posterity” 50 years ago, were unlocked from their celestial time capsule.

  • COVID-19 concerns see all NASA centers elevated to Response Framework Stage 3

    Matt HaskellMarch 18th, 2020

    Throughout the world, a novel coronavirus disease (known formally as COVID-19) has begun to take hold and is quickly bringing changes to the world as we know it.

  • NASA graduates its newest class of Astronauts

    Sean CostelloJanuary 10th, 2020

    As NASA prepares to send astronauts to destinations far beyond Earth, a new breed of space flyers has joined the elite cadre of the agency's astronaut corps.

  • NASA to send VIPER to prowl Moon’s South Pole

    Jason RhianOctober 28th, 2019

    If humanity is going to establish a long-term presence on the Moon, it's going to need water. This precious substance can be found on the lunar surface and a newly-announced robotic explorer is being readied to seek out significant concentrations of ice. If all goes according to plan, this mission marka critical first step for planned crewed missions.

  • Christopher Kraft leaves behind powerful legacy with passing

    Steve HammerJuly 22nd, 2019

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas -- Although his name isn't as well-known as Alan Shepard, John Glenn or Neil Armstrong, without the efforts of Christopher C. Kraft, NASA would likely never have left orbit let alone sent men to the Moon. Kraft passed away on Monday, July 22 at the age of 95.

  • Proof of Apollo 11 landing hard as ‘rock’

    Joe LatrellJuly 15th, 2019

    JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas -- When asked why they believe the Apollo 11 Moon landings were faked, conspiracy theorists point to the lack of stars in the photos taken by the astronauts, incongruous shadows and other bits of data from that mission. Some evidence that counters their claims isn't so fragile, in fact - it's written in stone.

  • NASA personnel feeling the pain after 35-day shutdown ends

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 26th, 2019

    After 35 days, the partial U.S. government shutdown has ended. Now thousands of government employees are able to return to work, including those at NASA.

  • Astronauts for Boeing’s first crewed CCP flight reshuffled

    Cullen DesforgesJanuary 22nd, 2019

    Boeing has experienced a rearranging of the astronauts assigned to Starliner's first crewed flight.

  • Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 Crew Module delivered to KSC

    Jason RhianDecember 7th, 2018

    The Crew Module of NASA's Orion spacecraft has arrived at KSC in Florida. Its journey began at Johnson Space Center and will be used to further the agency's deep space exploration ambitions.

  • Holly Ridings named as NASA’s new chief flight director

    Derek RichardsonSeptember 19th, 2018

    NASA's human spaceflight operations are led by flight directors from the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The U.S. space agency just named a new chief flight director.

  • Astronaut candidate Robb Kulin resigns from NASA

    Derek RichardsonAugust 29th, 2018

    First reported by the Houston Chronicle, NASA confirmed that 2017 astronaut candidate Robb Kulin is resigning Friday for “personal reasons” after a year of training, the first to do so in some 50 years.

  • Nick Hague set to become first member of 2013 astronaut class to fly

    Jason RhianJune 18th, 2018

    One of the 2013 class of astronauts is preparing himself for his flight into space. When Nick Hague takes to the skies in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft later this year, he will become the first of his class to fly.

  • Mark Geyer named director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center

    Derek RichardsonMay 15th, 2018

    NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, is getting a new director: Mark Geyer. He will be succeeding the current director, Ellen Ochoa, when she retires on May 25, 2018, after a 30-year career at the U.S. space agency.

  • James Webb Space Telescope comes in from the cold after final cryogenic test

    Curt GodwinNovember 27th, 2017

    Personnel at NASA's Johnson Space Center have recently concluded the final round of cryogenic testing for the agency's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The JWST was subjected to temperatures nearing -387 degrees Fahrenheit (-233 degrees Celsius / 40 kelvins) for nearly 100 days to ensure the operation of the JWST's instruments in space-like conditions.