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America’s gateway to space: LC-39A

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National Flight Academy makes learning an adventure

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Deep Space Network: Finding the signal for 50 years

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Learning celestial navigation at Morehead Planetarium

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Human exploration of space began more than a half century ago with the launch of Vostok 1 on April 12, 1961. The small capsule carried cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human to leave to bonds of Earth and enter space. Exactly 20 years later, the United States began a new era in spaceflight with the inaugural launch of the Space Shuttle. 20 years after that, an annual celebration of our exploration of space began by connecting thousands of people around the world to celebrate past accomplishments and to inspire a new generation. That event is Yuri’s Night. Every year on April 12, Yuri’s Night brings the excitement and promise of space travel closer to people of all ages and all nationalities.

The California Science Center in Los Angeles is on a mission to inspire kids while also pursuing grand display plans for Space Shuttle Endeavour.

The last man to walk on the Moon decided to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this occasion at the place where his flight career started. Held Dec. 15 at the National Naval Aviation Museum, with 1,200 of his  friends, the event was split up into several different panel discussions. The morning panel included individuals such …

The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to celebrity sightings. But for a few days last summer, well-heeled movie stars traded places with some of NASA’s best and brightest scientists and engineers. In what was described by John Holdren, President Obama’s senior science advisor, as “the most challenging mission ever attempted in the history …

Nestled along the coastline of the Florida Panhandle, nearly equal distance from historic Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers, is a place most well known for its sugar white sand beaches and the Navy’s Blue Angels. But Pensacola, Fla. has its own page in the annals of space exploration, as many of the astronauts from the …