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The original Mercury astronauts in June 1963 at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC), now Johnson Space Center, in Houston, Texas. From left-to-right: L. Gordon Cooper Jr., Walter M. Schirra Jr., Alan B. Shepard Jr., Virgil I. Grissom, John H. Glenn Jr., Donald K. (Deke) Slayton and M. Scott Carpenter. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: NASA Introduces the First Astronauts

Seven selected for Project Mercury went on to blaze bold paths in space exploration.

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Orion Crew Module Uprighting System
NASA Planning Key Tests of Orion’s Launch Abort System

Crucial, complex safety system will rocket astronauts to safety at the first sign of danger.

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Asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on January 19, as captured by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/Lockheed Martin
Smallest Object Ever Orbited Holds Big Surprises

Three months into mission of firsts, NASA already knows near-Earth asteroid Bennu is a rare specimen.

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This high-resolution Earthrise image was captured by the LRO and released by NASA in 2015. Credit: NASA
As key Apollo anniversaries near, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter expands NASA’s knowledge of the Moon

Mission that began in 2009 recently published research that adds to the understanding of water on the Moon.

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Apollo 9 crew, from left, James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart, posing in front of their Saturn V rocket at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Apollo 9 Tests the Lunar Module in Space

Mission validates the critical link to landing humans on the Moon and bringing them home safely.

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A Falcon 9 rocket with Dragon cargo spacecraft are vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in 2017. Credit: SpaceX
NASA, SpaceX Working Toward March Demonstration of Crew Dragon

New capsule will be capable of carrying U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station.

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14321 following an initial saw cut, showing the west face. Credit: NASA
Moon Rock Collected During Apollo 14 Might Have Origins on Earth

Research team finds clast in Big Bertha that appears to have taken a fantastic journey to the Moon and back. 

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John H. Glenn Jr. during his historic flight in the tight Mercury spacecraft on February 20, 1962. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: John Glenn Triumphs in MA-6

Astronaut demonstrated capability of humans in space, guiding the capsule manually for multiple orbits and an eventful reentry. 

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Astronauts for the first Apollo mission (L-R) Roger B. Chaffee, Edward H. White and Virgil I. Grissom practice for the mission in the Apollo Mission Simulator. Credit: NASA
This Month in NASA History: Tragedy Strikes the Apollo Program

A deadly fire during a routine test shocked the nation and lead to a solemn vow to be tough and competent.   

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