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News Archive / Tagged: Johnson Space Center

  • 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.

  • Mars hydrothermal deposits hint at habitable conditions

    Ocean McIntyreOctober 21st, 2017

    A recent report in Nature Communications indicates that ancient Mars may have had deep sea-floor hydrothermal activity. Hydrothermal deposits on Earth are associated with the earliest signs of life and habitable environments today. Their detection on Mars has implications for the possibility of ancient life on the Red Planet.

  • NASA reschedules launch of Webb Telescope for spring 2019

    Jim SharkeySeptember 30th, 2017

    The launch of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has been rescheduled to occur sometime between March and June 2019 from French Guiana. The delay follows a schedule assessment of the remaining integration and test activities that need to occur prior to launch. The JWST was previously scheduled to launch in October 2018.

  • 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.