Photo Album: nasa-07

Saturn Rocket

One of the first rockets launched into space, the Saturn V, is visible from the NASA Parkway (Labeled NASA-1), on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.

Longhorn Project

In association with local schools, the US Air Force, and other agencies, the Johnson Space Center raises Texas longhorns on the campus.

Astronaut Memorials

Oak trees have been planted in a circle and marked, in memory of astronauts who have lost their lives in the pursuit of space.

Liquid Nitrogen

The temperature of liquid nitrogen, -320 degrees Fahrenheit, is close to the temperature of outer space. NASA keeps some of the stuff around in a few tanks, just for testing space suits and training astronauts.

Mission Control - 1

Building 30 is Mission Control. It is the same building that guided Neil Armstrong to the surface of the moon in 1969 and communicates with the International Space Station and all the shuttle flights today. Photographs are not permitted inside, because of double-pane glass.

Mission Control - 2

Some NASA astronauts still get to work each day without cars. This bicycle was ridden by one of them and parked here just outside Mission Control.

Simulator - 1

Other buildings on the campus house a kitchen testing center, a medical clinic, and, in this case, a simulator for the space shuttle and the International Space Station. A water tank, which approximates weightlessness, is over four stories tall and contains over two and a half million gallons of water.

Simulator - 2

This piece, simulating a section of the International Space Station, is called UNITY, a literal handshake on the ISS between a Russian and American module. In all, 16 different contries contributed parts to the space station, including Canada, Japan, and the countries of the European Space Agency.

Simulator - 3

Just about every component of the space shuttle and the International Space Station is simulated in this large facility. Here are the front panel and the emergency rescue hatches, on the right side.

Intl Space Station - 1

This is the largest perfect model of the International Space Station, showing a shuttle docked at the left. It hangs from the ceiling inside the Houston Space Center, which is the official visitors center for the Johnson Space Center.

Intl Space Station - 2

One of the problems with living in space is that bones don't need to do much work, considering everything just floats. Therefore, bone density deteriorates at a rate of about 1.5 percent per month.

Shuttle - 1

The flight deck instrument panel, in front of two seats.

Shuttle - 2

The roof of the flight deck, just above the captain's seat.