Space Heroes

Space Heroes were trailblazing astronauts, scientists, and engineers who contributed to the space program. They persevered and overcame significant challenges to achieve their dreams in space.  

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Read about the first person

 to walk on the moon.

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Read about a pioneer at NASA whose aerospace work was critical to the success of legendary spaceflights.

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Read about the first

American astronaut to orbit Earth.

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Read about the first

American woman astronaut to travel in space.

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Read about the first

African American astronaut to travel in space.

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Images of Pillars of Creation, Future Mars Base, Curiosity Rover, Milky Way, Moon, and International Space Station are courtesy of NASA. Image of Earth's atmosphere courtesy of Science Museum of Exploration.