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.


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...

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes, January 28, 1986

  • 01.28.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds after liftoff, claiming the vehicle and lives of its seven member crew. Read More...

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is born, January 20, 1930

  • 01.20.2016

On this day in tech history, astronaut and airman Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, was born. Read More...

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

  • 01.04.2016

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

  • 11.24.2015

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

  • 11.14.2015

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...

Why we aren’t living on Mars yet

  • 11.05.2015

No, NASA hasn’t been slacking off. The challenges to have humans walk on planets beyond the Earth’s moon are simply greater than they may appear. Read More...


6 questions for NASA Orion's Darrel Raines

  • 10.31.2015

Think about the software efforts NASA engineers have to define, create, test, and deploy with ongoing refinements in the Orion Deep Space vehicle that will carry astronauts to Mars and back, controlled by one of the most sophisticated software endeavors I have ever seen. Read More...

Learn about NASA's embedded flight software at ESC Minneapolis

  • 10.30.2015

NASA's Orion is intended to facilitate human exploration of the asteroids and of Mars and the program's Flight Software Production System Manager Darrel Raines will be at ESC Minneapolis to discuss the multipurpose crew vehicle's embedded flight software. Read More...

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