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.


NASA becomes operational, October 1, 1958

  • 10.01.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA replaced the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), aiming to reach new heights and reveal the unknown to benefit all humankind. Read More...


Space shuttle returns to flight, September 29, 1988

  • 09.29.2015

On this day in tech history, shuttle Discovery was launched into space, marking the first flight for the space shuttle program since the Challenger disaster more then two and a half years before, on January 28, 1986. Read More...

Mars Observer launches, September 25, 1992

  • 09.25.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Mars Observer probe launched; 11 months later contact was lost before its primary objectives could be achieved. Read More...

Voyager 1 takes 1st photos of Earth and moon, September 18, 1977

  • 09.18.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Voyager 1 captured the first ever photos of the Earth and moon together in a single frame. Read More...


NASA unveils 1st Space Shuttle, September 17, 1976

  • 09.17.2015

On this day in tech history, Shuttle Enterprise was rolled out for the first time, starting a career that would make all other NASA Space Shuttles possible and doing so with a name encouraged by Star Trek fans. Read More...

Space Shuttle Discovery takes off for 1st time, August 30, 1984

  • 08.30.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery took off for the first time, beginning what would become 27 years of reliable service. Read More...

EDN electronics exclusive: Orion lands safely in desert parachute tests

  • 08.28.2015

Work on the Orion spacecraft reveals NASA’s focus on astronaut safety using science, engineering, and technology. Read More...


5 Engineering Lessons from Pluto

  • 08.27.2015

The New Horizons mission to Pluto has lessons for earthbound embedded design. Read More...


NASA Orion’s challenging journey to the Red Planet: Power and Thermal mission planning

  • 08.24.2015

Nujoud Merancy’s group is Mission planning; that is, how Orion gets to where it is supposed to go knowing Orion’s capabilities, her team goes over the thermal and power profiles that they haveRead More...

Lunar Orbiter 1 takes 1st photo of Earth from moon orbit, August 23, 1966

  • 08.23.2015

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 1 took the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the moon, although that was not its intended mission.Read More...

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