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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.

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Deep Space 1 launches, October 24, 1998

  • 10.24.2014

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Deep Space 1 launched on a mission that would be extended twice after marking its expected achievement and despite several issues that included the failure of off-the-shelf components.Read More...

1st manned Apollo mission launches, October 11, 1968

  • 10.11.2014

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 7 mission launched as the first manned mission in the United States Apollo space program. Although Apollo 7 was a success, its crew would not fly again because of disputes with Mission Control.Read More...

NASA becomes operational, October 1, 1958

  • 10.01.2014

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...

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Space shuttle returns to flight, September 29, 1988

  • 09.29.2014

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

  • 09.25.2014

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

  • 09.18.2014

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...

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NASA unveils 1st Space Shuttle, September 17, 1976

  • 09.17.2014

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

  • 08.30.2014

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...

Voyager 2 launches, August 20, 1977

  • 08.20.2014

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Voyager 2 space craft launched, beginning what has turned into a celebrated ongoing interstellar mission.Read More...

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Apollo 11 celebration begins, August 13, 1969

  • 08.13.2014

On this day in tech history, a 45-day celebration known as the "Giant Leap" tour began in NY, honoring the crew of Apollo 11 and the moon landing. Read More...

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