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NASA History Office

#tbt to 2009, when Leland Melvin (@Astro_Flow), Jake, and Scout took one of the most popular of astronaut portraits. Happy #NationalPuppyDay
.@esa's Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 (ATV-3) 'Edoardo Amaldi' launched #OTD in 2012, carrying 7.2 tons of supplies to @Space_Station.
After 15 years in space, Mir deorbited #OTD in 2001, burning up upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere:…
President Reagan calls for major US research effort into space-based defensive weaponry in famed "Star Wars" speech, delivered #OTD 1983.
Remembering Dr. Wernher von Braun, engineer, spaceflight advocate, and @NASA_Marshall Director, on his #birthday.
John Young (left) & Gus Grissom (right) launch on Gemini III #OTD 1965. The 1st piloted spacecraft able to make major orbital maneuvers.
🎵 I will remember you 🎵 After a 6-yr mission designed to last 3 months, Mars rover Spirit sent its last transmissio#OTDTD 2010@MarsRoversr16
#OTD 1997, comet Hale-Bopp makes its closest approach to Earth. It won't return until sometime around 4380. (Image credit: Wally Pacholka)
Gordon Fullerton & Jack Lousma launch #NOW in 1982 on STS-3, NASA's 3rd Shuttle mission and 1st flight with an unpainted External Tank.
The crew of STS-55 experience a close call #NOW in 1993 when their launch was aborted at T-3 seconds due to incomplete main engine ignition.
#HappyBirthday to Captain James T. Kirk's earthly counterpart, @WilliamShatner, who encourages us to boldly go where none have gone before.
STS-76 launched #NOW in 1996 & would deliver astronaut Shannon Lucid to Mir. She was the 1st & only US woman to live on Mir. #WHM2017
Ranger 9, the final Ranger series spacecraft, launched #NOW in 1965 to image and impact the moon's crater Alphonsus.
#OTD in 1966, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee are named prime crew members of NASA's first crewed Apollo mission.
#OTD in 2001, STS-102 lands at @NASAKennedy after swapping the 1st @Space_Station crew with Expedition 2.
#HappyBirthday to astrophysicist Dirk Frimout, the first Belgian citizen in space; flew as a payload specialist on STS-45 Atlantis.
#WHM2017: In 2007, Peggy Whitson became the 1st woman to command the @Space_Station. Read her preflight interview:
The NATO 1 satellite launched #OTD in 1970, opening communication channels between officials from NATO member states.
When you smile, sometimes the universe smiles back. @NASA_Hubble captured this cosmic grin back in Feb. 2015. #InternationalDayofHappiness
#HappyBirthday to cosmonaut Yuri Shargin, who flew to @Space_Station during the Expedition 10 mission in October 2004.
#OTD 2008, a cosmic burst occurring halfway across the visible universe is briefly visible to the naked eye.…
Her 1st spaceflight inspired young women to pursue science, so she devoted her life to ensuring they could. #Remembering Sally Ride. #WHM
#OTD 1974, President Nixon examines a model of the proposed Space Shuttle.
Following the world's 1st spacewalk, Voskhod 2 landed off-target #OTD in 1965. Leonov and Belyayev spent 2 nights in Siberian wilderness.
#Happybirthday to physicist and 1st Swedish citizen in space, @esa astronaut Christer Fuglesang. @CFuglesang
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