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

  • 06.17.2017

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

  • 06.13.2017

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


NASA launches Spirit Mars Rover, June 10, 2003

  • 06.10.2017

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

  • 06.03.2017

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...

First educational satellite launches, May 30, 1974

  • 05.30.2017

On this day in tech history, ATS-6, the “world's first educational satellite,” was launched. Read More...

Mars 3 launches, May 28, 1971

  • 05.28.2017

On this day in tech history, the USSR launched Mars 3, the first spacecraft to attain soft landing on Mars. Some 40 years later, amateur space enthusiasts rummaging through publicly available archived images may have identified Mars 3 lander debris on the surface of the planet. Read More...

Skylab launches into space, May 14, 1973

  • 05.14.2017

On this day in tech history, the American space station and laboratory Skylab launched into space for a six-year journey that recorded various in-space firsts and discoveries. Read More...


Surveyor 3 sent to explore moon, April 17, 1967

  • 04.16.2017

On this day in tech history, Surveyor 3 launched for the moon where it bounced twice before a soft landing and may have brought bacterium from Earth with it. Read More...

Apollo 16 launches after month-long delay, April 16, 1972

  • 04.16.2017

On this day in tech history, Apollo 16, the 10th manned mission in NASA’s Apollo space program, began its journey that would make headlines at launch, as well as 30 years later when metal debris from the mission would be found on a US beach. Read More...

Apollo 13 launches, April 11, 1970

  • 04.11.2017

On this day in tech history, NASA’s Apollo 13 launched on a lunar mission that would be aborted due to an oxygen tank explosion. It was later called "a successful failure” with the safe return of its three astronauts. Read More...

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