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Welcome The JSC History Portal offers access to the JSC History Collection, other JSC history materials, and hundreds of NASA history web pages.
JSC History NASA Johnson Space CenterJohnson Space Center was established in 1961, and from the early Gemini, Apollo and Skylab projects to today's Space Shuttle and International Space Station Programs, the Center continues to lead NASA's efforts in human space exploration. Visit the Significant Milestones in History page!
JSC History Office The NASA Johnson Space Center History Office supports the following efforts: the Oral History Project, the transfer of data from obsolete media to accessible sources, maintenance of this History Portal, and historical research.
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JSC Oral History Project Established in 1996, the goal of the NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project (JSC OHP) is to capture history from the individuals who first provided the country and the world with an avenue to space and the moon. Visit the What's New page for the latest oral history transcripts and releases.
JSC Space Shuttle Program
Tacit Knowledge Capture Project

The JSC Space Shuttle Program Tacit Knowledge Capture Project was commissioned by the JSC Chief Knowledge Officer and the Space Shuttle Program Manager. The effort included twenty interviews with current and former key members of the Space Shuttle Program. The interviews reflect details of critical program decisions, information on management tools and processes, and lessons learned from areas of expertise. The interviews were conducted by the JSC History Office between April and July 2008, at NASA Centers in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, and Houston.

JSC History Collection On February 8, 2001, UHCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NASA’s Johnson Space Center and the National Archives and Records Administration to provide "temporary transfer of custody and loan of historically significant records accumulated by JSC relating to human spaceflight." This MOU allows the records to be housed in the University Archives where researchers can access them.
JSC Center Directors Ten directors have served at Johnson Space Center since it was opened in 1962. Read about them here.
Images These links provide access to many of the NASA image collections.
NASA History The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was created on October 1, 1958, "to provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth's atmosphere and for other purposes."
History at NASA Centers This section contains links to other NASA Centers.
US Human Spaceflight History US Human Spaceflight History provides links to numerous aspects of humans in space.
Mercury Mercury 7 AstronautsProject Mercury put the first Americans into space. Initiated in 1958, Project Mercury's objectives were specific: to orbit a manned spacecraft around Earth; to investigate man's ability to function in space; and to recover both man and spacecraft safely.
Gemini Astronaut Edward H. White, II - spacewalkThe major objectives of the Gemini Program were to subject two men and their equipment to long duration, microgravity flights; to rendezvous and dock with other orbiting vehicles; and to perfect methods of reentry and landing the spacecraft at a pre-selected point.
Apollo Bootprint in the lunar soil made by one of the Apollo 11 AstronautsThe Apollo Program landed humans on the Moon and brought them back safely to Earth. Six lunar landings returned a wealth of scientific data and almost 400 kilograms of lunar samples.
Skylab SkylabSkylab was a U.S. space station adapted from the third stage of a Saturn V rocket and launched into orbit in May 1973. Three successive crews of three astronauts each occupied Skylab. The longest mission, which ended in February 1974, lasted almost three months.
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Robert McCall painting of Apollo-SoyuzApollo-Soyuz was the first human spaceflight mission conducted jointly by two nations. A Russian Soyuz launched on July 15, 1975, followed by the U.S. Apollo launch on the same day. The two craft docked on July 17, and joint operations were conducted for two full days. Both spacecraft landed safely and on schedule.
Shuttle Space Shuttle on padNASA's four space shuttle orbiters are the first spacecraft capable of routinely launching into orbit like rockets and then returning to Earth as gliders. They are the main element of NASA's Space Transportation System, and are used for scientific research and space applications, such as deploying and repairing satellites.
Shuttle-Mir STS-71 and Mir Space Station undockingFrom early 1994 into 1998, 7 American astronauts spent nearly 1000 days living in orbit with Russian cosmonauts on board the space station Mir. American space shuttles rendezvoused ten times with Russia's space station Mir. Called "Phase 1," the Shuttle-Mir Program prepared the way for the International Space Station and began an era of cooperation and exploration, rarely seen in human history.
International Space Station International Space Station, December 2000.In 1998, the first two modules of the International Space Station were launched and joined together in orbit. Other modules soon followed and the first crew arrived in 2000. The journey continues.
Search This link provides access to the NASA JSC History Portal Document Search page.
Complete Listing For researchers - a complete listing of all of the internal and external links contained in the JSC History Website.
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President Kennedy
President John F. Kennedy visited the Manned Spacecraft Center on Sept. 12, 1962.

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