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NASA History Office

#OTD 1972, the Apollo 16 lunar module Orion touches down near Crater Descartes. Read more about Apollo 16 mission:
STS-59 Endeavour lands @EdwardsAFB #NOW in 1994 after a successful mission using the Space Radar Laboratory.
#HappyBirthday to @astro_Pettit (STS-126, Exp. 6 & 30/31). Watch his Angry Birds physics demonstration from the ISS:…
Oh my! #HappyBirthday to actor @GeorgeTakei, Star Trek's Hikaru Sulu, celebrating 80 years #today.
STS-100 Endeavour launched #NOW on its 2001 mission to install #Canadarm2 onto the @Space_Station's Destiny Module.
Expedition 16 lands in Kazakhstan #OTD 2008, ending a 192-day mission aboard the @Space_Station. @AstroPeggy's 2nd #ISS mission, now on #3.
The STS-110 Atlantis crew landed at @NASAKennedy #NOW in 2002, completing an 11-day @Space_Station assembly mission.
#OTD in 1971, the Soviet Union launches Salyut 1, the first orbital space station.…
The STS-51D Discovery crew land #NOW in 1985 following their mission to deploy the TELESAT-l and SYNCOM IV-3 communications satellites.
The NASA Art Program captured the raw emotions of human spaceflight. Our intern Hannah wrote about it:
Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (top), @AstroIronMike Fincke (center) and @astro_andre Kuipers (bottom) launched to the ISS #OTD in 2004.
.@SpaceX launches Dragon CRS-3 to the Space Station #NOW in 2014 carrying #NASAVeggie, the Station's 1st fresh food production system.
#OTD 1996, @NASAArmstrong conducted a Supersonic Laminar Flow Control (SLFC) experiment on the modified F-16XL:
Stardust reaches aphelion (farthest distance from the sun) #OTD in 2002, setting distance record for a solar-powered craft.
President Nixon awards Haise, Lovell, and Swigert the Presidential Medal of Freedom #OTD in 1970 for their heroic efforts during Apollo 13.
As planned, Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) impacts the Moon #OTD 2014. @LRO_NASA photographed its impact crater.
The first unpowered glide test of the X-24A, which helped validate the Space Shuttle landing concept, occurred #otd in 1969.
STS-90 Columbia launched #NOW in 1998, carrying the Neurolab experiments to study the body's neurological changes in microgravity.
The Apollo 13 crew returned safely to Earth #NOW in 1970, concluding what was later deemed a "successful failure."
Sir Elton John @eltonofficial releases "Rocket Man" #OTD in 1972. In 2011, it was used as a wakeup song for STS-135:…
Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) is ferried from @NASAKennedy to @airandspace #OTD in 2012 to inspire a new generation of explorers.
Surveyor 3 launched to the Moon #OTD 1967 - 1st with a sample scoop. Alan Bean (pictured) paid the lander a visit during Apollo 12 in 1969.
#HappyBirthday to astronaut Mike Barratt, a flight doc who was a crewmember of Expedition 19/20 & STS-133 Discovery.
L to R: Charlie Duke, John Young, and Ken Mattingly, launch to the Moon #NOW in 1972 for Apollo 16.
#Remembering on his #birthday astronaut David Brown, who perished aboard STS-107 Columbia.
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