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.


Telstar 1 makes live trans-Atlantic TV broadcast, July 23, 1962

  • 07.23.2016

On this day in tech history, the first live trans-Atlantic satellite television broadcast took place and was made via the Telstar 1 satellite. Read More...


Mariner 1 destroyed due to code error, July 22, 1962

  • 07.22.2016

On this day in tech history, the Mariner 1 probe heading toward Venus had to be destroyed after veering off course due to equipment failure and an error in coded computer instructions. Read More...


Apollo 11 makes 1st manned landing on the moon, July 20, 1969

  • 07.20.2016

On this day in tech history, Apollo 11 successfully made the first manned landing on the moon in the Sea of Tranquility taking "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Read More...


Apollo-Soyuz Test Project ends Space Race, July 17, 1975

  • 07.17.2016

On this day in tech history, a US Apollo capsule docked with a Soviet Soyuz capsule carrying a two-man crew, marking the first time the two different countries met in space and ending the “Space Race” that had come before it. Read More...

Apollo 11 launches, July 16, 1969

  • 07.16.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 11 left Earth on a mission that would see the first humans walk on the moon. Read More...


Mariner 4 flies by Mars, July 14, 1965

  • 07.14.2016

On this day in tech history, American space probe Mariner 4 passed within 6,200 miles of the Red Planet, capturing the first close-up images of the Martian surface. Read More...

NASA 1st to send member of a royal family into space, June 17, 1985

  • 06.17.2016

On this day in tech history, NASA’s STS-51-G launched, becoming the 18th flight of the Space Shuttle program, the fifth flight of Space Shuttle Discovery, and the first space flight of a member of a royal family. Read More...

Pioneer 10 crosses the orbit of Neptune, June 13, 1983

  • 06.13.2016

On this day in tech history, Pioneer 10, the first NASA mission to the outer planets, crossed the orbit of Neptune, marking a first for space travel. Read More...


NASA launches Spirit Mars Rover, June 10, 2003

  • 06.10.2016

On this day in tech history, the Spirit Rover was launched beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, which also launched the Opportunity Rover to the Red Planet. Read More...

NASA’s Gemini 4 launches, June 3, 1965

  • 06.03.2016

On this day in tech history, Gemini 4, the first multiday space mission by a NASA crew, launched. Despite obstacles, its crew of two engineers would perform the first American spacewalk. Read More...

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