NASA: Revealing the unknown to benefit all humankind

- October 01, 2012

NASA's stated vision is: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.

Indeed, since its founding in 1958, it has reached that goal numerous times over. From walking on the moon to landing on Mars, NASA has brought the wonders of space to people on Earth for decades.

We celebrate all that NASA has contributed and the engineering behind its accomplishments in this collection of content.

Also see “Mission to Mars: NASA engineering and the Red Planet” for more content specifically about NASA’s exploration of Mars.

Be sure to watch the EDN Moments blog, which highlights notable events in history, many of which pertain to NASA.


Mars 3 launches, May 28, 1971

  • 05.28.2016

On this day in tech history, the USSR launched Mars 3, the first spacecraft to attain soft landing on Mars. Some 40 years later, amateur space enthusiasts rummaging through publicly available archived images may have identified Mars 3 lander debris on the surface of the planet. Read More...

Skylab launches into space, May 14, 1973

  • 05.14.2016

On this day in tech history, the American space station and laboratory Skylab launched into space for a six-year journey that recorded various in-space firsts and discoveries. Read More...


Surveyor 3 sent to explore moon, April 17, 1967

  • 04.16.2016

On this day in tech history, Surveyor 3 launched for the moon where it bounced twice before soft landing and may have brought bacterium from Earth with it. Read More...

Apollo 16 launches after month-long delay, April 16, 1972

  • 04.16.2016

On this day in tech history, Apollo 16, the 10th manned mission in NASA’s Apollo space program, began its journey that would make headlines at launch, as well as 30 years later when metal debris from the mission would be found on a US beach. Read More...

Apollo 13 launches, April 11, 1970

  • 04.11.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 13 launched with a planned lunar mission – a mission that would be aborted due in large part to an oxygen tank explosion but that would later be called "a successful failure” with the safe return of its three astronauts. Read More...

NASA names 1st 7 astronauts, April 9, 1959

  • 04.09.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA announced the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, men who became immediate national heroes. Read More...

Apollo 6 launches, despite engine failures, April 4, 1968

  • 04.04.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s final unmanned Apollo mission, Apollo 6, launched, plagued by engine trouble from the start. Read More...


NASA JPL: Ion propulsion rocket engines and the electronics to power them

  • 03.22.2016

A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs are presently working to reduce system cost and complexity, and enhance performance on a next generation ion propulsion engine, also known as solar electric propulsion. Read More...


Skylab 4 crew returns home, February 8, 1974

  • 02.08.2016

On this day in tech history, the final Skylab crew came home after sighting Comet Kohoutek, recording the birth of a solar flare from space, and unexpectedly taking photos of Area 51. Read More...


1st untethered spacewalk is taken, February 7, 1984

  • 02.07.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA astronauts perform the first untethered spacewalk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit. Read More...

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