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Having had the privilege to see Space Shuttle's go up and Mars rovers and what not, I feel that the history section of the site needs a major overhaul. I am sure there is a lot of historical content that can be showcased in the site. I have seen anniversary articles come up every now and then, But I do not see a good way to walk down the memory lane.

Submitted by 2 years ago

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  1. I think it would be an interesting section on the homepage: This Day in NASA History, better informing people about NASA's better and less-known accomplishments.

    2 years ago
  2. It would be cool to have a section of the website focused on previous missions.

    NASA history is so rich that I believe it should be easily accessible, specially videos.

    There are all sorts of heroes, great human beings, awe-inspiring missions, cool technologies developed by NASA and it is a shame these facts are not easily found in the internet.

    2 years ago
    1. I'd give two thumbs up for this idea, if I could. I could give ... many reasons for this, right off the top of my head.

      Example: In our local paper, when the Shuttle stopped flying, there was hot debate. But only I was apparently aware that Werner Von Braun had planned a Mars mission (instead of the Shuttle). Where did I go to get a reference? Not NASA websites!

      Example: I was involved in the early design work of a space project. I thought: Someone *must* have gone over all this before. But where could I find it? Eventually, I went to the NASA library, and just started pulling books in one section off the shelf. Finally, I found one. Great! I took it to a meeting, mentioning a couple ideas from the book. I got blank stares. Nobody else had read the book, of course.

      The Web is also a great "back-up" for information that might otherwise be lost or destroyed. To "save shelf space", our NASA library regularly removes all kinds of books that were excellent in their day, but that need to make way for more current topics.

      I could go on, lol. But, to quote "Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it!"

      2 years ago
  3. In order for me to learn more than the basics of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo I have to go to other websites. You are NASA! You should be the go-to source of information on these missions! We want everything from all the videos available from those missions in one easy to navigate spot, along with the design and engineering information that allows us to appreciate the craft more.

    2 years ago
    1. I think not directly on nasa. But make som subdomain with custom design. Something like history.nasa.gov

      2 years ago
  4. Please include my earlier comment that I would LOVE to see sts133 final inspection team footage...all footage, and ALL of sts135 landing footage, including the call for de-orbit burn, all the way to atleast 2 hours after sts135 landing.

    2 years ago
  5. NASA needs to move forward, rather than revel in past accomplishments as is being done now. The public perception is that NASA is dead, and this idea will do nothing to change that and a lot to re-enforce that.

    NASA has accomplished very little in the realm of human spaceflight since April 12, 1981, at least in the public's eyes.

    2 years ago
    1. Nasa needs to move forward, yet brag about it's past accomplishments. Let us not EVER forget that the SPACE SHUTTLES are, still to date, THE MOST MAGNIFICENT MACHINES EVER CREATED!!!! Always remember that, and NEVER forget that!

      2 years ago
  6. Hi, it seems a lot of people would like to have access to documentary of NASA.

    I mean documentary on past mission etc.

    It will be nice to be a able to download it too.

    2 years ago
  7. Some of this is on history.nasa.gov

    2 years ago

    2 years ago
  9. OH I agree big time with this idea more of it's video history. When Curiosity was hours away from landing on Mars I wanted so bad to watch archival footage from Sojourner/Spirit/Opportunity landing one because I never got the chance to see it and two just to look at how far they've come in getting to Mars. Clips of Space Shuttle launch/landing, beginning and ending of spacecraft like Galileo, Cassini and the probe landing on Titan and watching live footage of the first images to returning to Earth, things like that. I'd lose my mind if I was able to watch such historical footage and would watch that any day over the unReality shows that's on tv now.

    2 years ago
  10. You little aeronautics and space junkie you....I approve your message!!!!

    2 years ago
  11. I salut ya'll who acknowledge both past and present NASA accomplishments!!

    2 years ago
  12. Although the proposition is certainly not a new one, I would love to see a continuation of pages devoted exclusively to the shuttle. I'm sure such a tribute will continue to be the plan. But, there are two specific URLs that I would hope to see kept active. They are:

    http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/stsref-toc.html & http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/reference/

    I refer back to both of the above mentioned links with some frequency, and I will continue to do so out of appreciation for the technological marvel that the space shuttle was. From engineering, aeronautical, and astronautical points of view, I am continually seeking to better understand all operational aspects of the shuttle program. The vehicle’s retirement has not diminished such sought after educational aspirations for the sake of my own personal enlightenment by the slightest of iotas, and for several key reasons. But, more summarily stated, the skill sets that were applied, across the board, to shuttle development and implementation in order to make such a glorious machine fly, demand a historical remembrance, while also innumerably analytical and lesson-teaching takeaways exist within the program’s legacy that will carry over and be necessarily evident for the vitality that will be required in a new era of planned SLS space faring endeavors.

    2 years ago
  13. Since there are requests to access past astronauted missions how about making a single point of retrieval for those missions?

    2 years ago

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