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    About above image: Pictured clockwise in the STS-134 crew portrait are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly (bottom center), commander; Gregory H. Johnson, pilot; Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency’s Roberto Vittori, all mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

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Final lift off of Space Shuttle Discovery

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Valentina Tereshkova: The First Woman In Space in 1963

NASA's Apollo 13 was slated to be the United States' third lunar landing mission. It launched April 11, 1970, at 2:13 p.m. EST from Launch Pad 39A in Florida. From left to right are mission commander Jim Lovell, command module pilot John Swigert and lunar module pilot Fred W. Haise. The mission was aborted after the service module oxygen tank ruptured. Still, the mission was classified as a "successful failure" because of the experience gained in rescuing the crew.

Eileen Collins. First Woman to Command a Space Shuttle Mission

Mae Carol Jemison became the first woman of recent African ancestry to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Joan Higginbotham flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-116 as a mission specialist.

Touch Snoopy's snout for good luck!

2007- Florida Tech alumnus George Zamka pilots Space Shuttle Discovery STS-120

NASA Glenn Event to Celebrate John Glenn's Legacy

US Astronaut Hall of Fame will honor 3 shuttle veterans | A space-walker who tied the record for the most space missions, the military’s highest ranking astronaut and a former chief of the NASA astronaut corps will be inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. (Robert Z. Pearlman / SPACE.com) www.source.ly/10LJq

Soviet Cosmonaut: Yuri Gagarin "1st Man in Space"

"Orbiting Earth in the spaceship, I saw how beautiful our planet is. People, let us preserve and increase this beauty, not destroy it!"- Soviet Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin

Man in his own micro-environment

Anna Fisher was astronaut and chemist, and the first mother in space. This is a great photograph of her.

Betty Skelton, 'Fastest Woman on Earth', started taking flying lessons at the age of 10, was the first woman to drive an Indy car, she broke transcontinental speed records, was nicknamed "7 1/2" in 1959 by the Mercury Seven astronauts after passing the same rigorous training they underwent, and was inducted to no fewer than 11 halls of fame, including the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame. She drove a red Corvette until her death in August 2011.

An x-ray of Alan Shepard’s Apollo 14 spacesuit allows curators and conservators to “see” inside space clothing—a task that had previously been done by peering through the neck or the wrist with a flashlight.

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shephard became the first American to go into space. His flight lasted 15 minutes.

On 12 April 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into space, launched into orbit on the Vostok 3KA-3 spacecraft (Vostok 1).

Mercury 7: Original American astronauts Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter, Wally Schirra, Gordon Cooper, and Deke Slayton.

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