The First American Astronauts - Mercury 7


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Astronaut Advice        Middle School Myths        People Who Inspire        My Path to Aviation and Space        Learning from Failure       My Path to Public Service        Solving Problems        Teamwork        Switching Jobs


Astronaut Advice

Michael Collins

Reflections on Apollo

Astronaut portrait in orange flight suit

Record-Setter Peggy Whitson

NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren

Pick Up a Book and Read!

astronaut portrait

Astronaut David Wolf

astronaut portrait

Basketball in Space

NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, mission specialist.

Finding Inspiration at Air and Space


Thank Your Teachers

Astronaut strapped into cycling equipment while in space.

Astronaut Joe Acaba


Middle School Myths with Adam Savage

Adam Savage

Popularity and Success

Adam Savage on camera

Abilities and Interests

Wilbur's Report Card

Dealing with Bad Grades

Insect Powered Model Airplanes

Weird Hobbies

Adam Savage filming

Middle School Minute


People Who Inspire


Pioneers of Flight

Alan Eustace Descending

Master of the Stratosphere: Alan Eustace

Nancy Grace Roman

Nancy Grace Roman "Mother of Hubble"

Man wearing red Tuskegee Airman jacket holding microphone

The Life Lessons of a Tuskegee Airman

A black and white photo of an African American woman looking up from her desk smiling.

Katherine Johnson

Apollo 11 Mission image - Neil A. Armstrong inside the Lunar Module after E

"First Man" Neil Armstrong

Shaesta Waiz, 2018 Current Achievement Trophy Winner

Afghan Refugee Inspires Kids

Margaret Hamilton

The "Rope Mother" Margaret Hamilton


My Path to Aviation and Space

Ariel Tweto in front of plane

Alaskan Pilot Ariel Tweto

Barrington Irving

Around the World with Barrington Irving


NASA Leader Dava Newman

Beth Wilson and Travis Fitzgerald

Astronaut Trainer Travis Fitzgerald

Bo Naasz in lab

NASA Engineer Bo Naasz


Learning from Failure

Gene Kranz

Flight Director Gene Kranz

Official NASA portrait of astronaut Jeffrey Williams

Astronaut Jeff Williams

Danielle Richey

Lockheed Martin Engineer Danielle Richey

Anna Fisher

Astronaut Anna Fisher

Jared Leidich

Engineer Jared Leidich

Scott Tingle

Astronaut Scott Tingle


My Path to Public Service

Sterling Gilliam

Captain Sterling Gilliam

Portrait of Gen. John E. Hyten in front of American flag

General John E. Hyten

man in flight suit

Commander Ray "Gator" Stromberger

Chris Lopez

Chris Lopez

Jeff Stroud

Firefighter Jeff Stroud


Solving Problems

Dean Kamen filming

America's Innovator Dean Kamen

Hurricane Hunters Aircraft

Hurricane Hunters

Filming with Ginger Zee

Meteorologist Ginger Zee

Kelly Korreck

Solar Physicist Kelly Korreck


Astronomer Hannah Wakeford

Alexa Van Eaton

Volcanologist Alexa Van Eaton

Tom Barclay

Astronomer Tom Barclay



Paolo Nespoli

Astronaut Paolo Nespoli

Doc Nix

Bandleader Doc Nix

Michael Good

Astronaut Michael Good


Switching Jobs

Michael Barratt

Zoology Student to Astronaut

Julie Kramer White

From Target to NASA Engineer

Astronaut in the International Space Station

From Student to Spacewalker

Jack Fischer

Construction Worker to Astronaut

Official portrait of Shane Kimbrough

Baseball Player to Astronaut

Jared Leidich

Musician and Engineer

Astronaut Victor Glover training at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab, 2014.

7-Eleven to NASA

Kelly Korreck

Intern to Astrophysicist

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