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NASA History Office

#HappyBirthday to the 1st sitting member of Congress to visit space, STS-51D payload specialist Senator Jake Garn.
Just 11 days after coming into existence, @NASA launches Pioneer 1 #OTD in 1958.
#OTD in 1984, Kathryn Sullivan became the first American woman to walk in space on STS-41G
#OTD in 1969 Soyuz 6 launched. The next day Soyuz 7 & the day after Soyuz 8. 1st triple spacecraft flight.
#Remembering Janice Voss, 5-time astronaut, engineer, and former @NASAKepler science director on her #birthday.
#HappyBirthday to sci-fi actress Sigourney Weaver, a woman who has never been afraid to go boldly into the unknown
#OTD in 2014, @NASA_Langley signs agreement with @USFWS to test un-piloted aerial systems for wildfire detection.
#NOW in 1985, STS-51J lands at Edwards Air Force Base, concluding Space Shuttle Atlantis' maiden mission.
We've come to know the far side of the Moon a lot better since Luna 3 first photographed it #now in 1959. #TBT
#HappyBirthday to Brent Jett, Space Shuttle pilot for STS-72 and -81, commander of STS-97 and -115.
Luna 3 launched from Baikonur #OTD 1959. Sent 1st pictures of the far side of the Moon.
#OTD in 1905 the Wright Flyer 3, flew at 38 mph over swampy meadows in Ohio.
#OTD 1962 Explorer 14 began its mission to measure cosmic-ray particles, trapped particles, and solar wind protons
#Remembering Willy Ley: sci-fi author, space advocate, and founding member of the German Society for Space Travel.
Today @NASA celebrates its 58th #birthday! We officially opened for operation on October 1, 1958.
#OTD in 1913, Robert Goddard filed for his first of 214 patents in rocketry
#NOW in 2005, Soyuz TMA-7 launched to @Space_Station carrying the crew of Expedition 12.
#HappyBirthday Stephen Frick, pilot of STS-110 and commander of STS-122 for a total of 565 hours in space.
#HappyBirthday @SenBillNelson, the second sitting member of Congress to go to space (Shuttle Columbia, STS-61C).
#NOW in 1909, Wilbur Wright flies around the Statue of Liberty, wingtips only a few hundred feet from her waist
#NOW in 1962, Canada launched Alouette 1, their first satellite and was the first satellite not from the USA or USSR
#NOW in 2006, the Soyuz TMA-8 lands, bringing home @Astro_Jeff and concluding Expedition 13.
#OTD in 1858, comet Donati, named after Italian astronomer Giovanni Donati, became the 1st comet to be photographed.
#OTD in 2013, @CassiniSaturn starts its 198th orbit around Saturn after being in orbit for nearly nine years
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