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’s Spirit rover lands on Mars, January 4, 2004

  • 01.04.2017

On this day in tech history and before NASA’s Curiosity rover, the Spirit rover landed on Mars and began a mission that lasted more than 20 times longer than anticipated. Read More...


Apollo 12 splashes down, November 24, 1969

  • 11.24.2016

On this day in tech history, Apollo 12, the second manned mission to land on the moon, safely returned to Earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. Read More...

Apollo 12 hit by lightning at launch, November 14, 1969

  • 11.14.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 12 launched and was struck by lightning as it began a successful mission that brought its commander to exclaim “whoopee!” when walking on the moon. Read More...

NASA launches first Saturn rocket, October 27, 1961

  • 10.27.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA launched the first Saturn rocket designed specifically for space exploration from Cape Canaveral. Read More...

Deep Space 1 launches, October 24, 1998

  • 10.24.2016

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

  • 10.11.2016

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

  • 10.01.2016

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

  • 09.29.2016

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

  • 09.25.2016

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

  • 09.18.2016

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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