The World's Largest Public Domain Source

  • homeHome
  • searchSearch
  • collectionsCollections
  • camera_altMedia
  • infoAbout

  • account_boxLogin


NASA Photo Collection
Apollo 17 Astronaut Cernan Adjusts U.S. Flag on Lunar Surface
2,615 Media in collectionpage 1 of 27

STS-135 Launch

(July 8, 2011) Space Shuttle Atlantis' STS-135 mission launched from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on July 8, 2011. STS-135 was the last Space Shuttle mission. The crew of four delivered supplies to th... more

X-1-3 Being Mated To EB-50A Superfortress

(November 9, 1951) The third X-1 (46-064), known as "Queenie," is mated to the EB-50A (46- 006) at Edwards AFB, California. Following a captive flight on November 9, 1951, both aircraft were destroyed... more

The Mercury 7

On April 9, 1959, NASA introduced its first astronaut class, the Mercury 7. Front row, left to right: Walter M. Schirra, Jr., Donald K. "Deke" Slayton, John H. Glenn, Jr., and M. Scott Carpenter; back... more

Rendezvous Docking Simulator

(February 7, 1964) Multiple exposure of Rendezvous Docking Simulator. The Gemini spacecraft was supported in a gimbal system by an overhead crane and gantry arrangement which provided 6 degrees of freedom - rol... more

Astronaut Edward White Ready For Gemini IV Liftoff

(June 3, 1965) Astronaut Edward H. White II, pilot for NASA's Gemini IV mission is shown in the crew's ready room at Launch Complex 16, suited and ready to ride the van to Launch Complex 19 for insertion in the... more


Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., pilot for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Gemini-7 spaceflight, walks to the elevator at Pad 19 one hour and 40 minutes before launch of the spacecraft. Moments ... more

Boarding Gemini VIII

Description (March 16, 1966) Commander Neil Armstrong (right) and pilot David R. Scott prepare to board the Gemini-Titan VIII. Gemini VIII successfully launched at 11:41 a.m. EST, March 16, 1966. The mission co... more

Cernan Jump Salutes Flag

Eugene A. Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17 salutes the flag on the lunar surface during extravehicular activity (EVA) on NASA's final lunar landing mission. The Lunar Module "Challenger" is in the left ba... more

Shuttle Enterprise Free Flight

(1977) The Space Shuttle prototype Enterprise flies free after being released from NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) over Rogers Dry Lakebed during the second of five free flights carried out at the Dry... more

STS-51 G Launch

(June 17, 1985) On June 17, 1985, Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-51 G mission launched on a Comsat deployment mission. It deployed three communication satellites. The mission lasted a little over seven days. ..I... more

X-15 #2 just after launch

Description: The X-15 #2 (56-6671) launches away from the B-52 mothership with its rocket engine ignited. The white patches near the middle of the ship are frost from the liquid oxygen used in the propulsion sy... more

Lifting Bodies on Lakebed

(November 30, 1968) The wingless lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is now NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. From left to right are the X-24A, M2-F3 and the HL-10.... more

Gemini 9A Splashdown

Splashdown of Gemini 9A carrying astronauts Eugene Cernan and Thomas Stafford at 9:00 a.m., June 6, 1966...Image # : 66C-5085

Col. Frederick D. Gregory

After serving as NASA's Deputy Administrator beginning August 12, 2002, Col. Frederick D. Gregory was Acting Administrator from February 11, 2005 to April 14, 2005. He was selected as an astronaut in January of... more


Launch: July 29, 1985 .Landing: August 6, 1985 Edwards Air Force Base, Cal..Astronauts: Gordon Fullerton, Roy D. Bridges, Jr., F. Story Musgrave, Anthony W. England, Karl G. Henize, Loren W. Acton and John-Davi... more

Expedition 9

Launch Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-4 April 18, 2004.Duration: On ISS: 186 days On orbit: 188 days.Return Vehicle: Soyuz TMA-4 October 23, 2004.Astronauts: Gennady Padalka and Mike Fincke..This emblem represents the Nint... more

Mars and Syrtis Major

Taking advantage of Mars's closest approach to Earth in eight years, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have taken the space- based observatory's sharpest views yet of the Red Planet. The telescope... more

STS-57 Launch

(June 21, 1993) A flock of birds takes flight as Space Shuttle Endeavour's STS-57 mission launches from the Kennedy Space Center on June 21, 1993. This was the first flight of the first flight of the commercial... more

Testing a SAFER System During EVA

(September 16, 1994) Backdropped against the blue and white Earth 130 nautical miles below, astronaut Mark C. Lee tests the new Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) system...Image # : STS064-217-008

Quintuplet Cluster

(September 16, 1997) Penetrating 25,000 light-years of obscuring dust and myriad stars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view yet of one of the largest young clusters of stars inside our ... more

Daniel S. Goldin

Daniel S. Goldin was NASA's ninth and longest tenured administrator, serving from April 1, 1992, to November 17, 2001. Mr. Goldin became well known for his "faster, better, cheaper" approach to cut NA... more

The World Revs its Heat Engine

Full Description: Absorption of solar energy heats up our planet's surface and atmosphere making life for us possible. But the energy carnot stay bound up in the Earth's environment forever. If it did, the Eart... more

Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS)

The Earth Resources Technology Satellite (ERTS) mock-up in a space chamber test at General Electric's Space Division. The ERTS program represented a concentrated effort to observe and monitor the limited resour... more

The Apollo 12 Prime

(September 22, 1969) Portrait of the prime crew of the Apollo 12 lunar landing mission. From left to right they are: Commander, Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr., Command Module pilot, Richard F. Gordon Jr. a... more


Launched: February 11, 2000, 12:43:40 p.m. EST.Landing: February 22, 2000, 6:22:23 p.m. EDT, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.Space Shuttle: Endeavour.Crew: Commander Kevin R. Kregel, Pilot Dominic L. Pudwill Gori... more

Apollo Moon Landing Images

Apollo 13 Hasselblad image from film magazine 61/II - Trans-Earth Coast

Brick Moon Space Station Concept

This is an artist's impression of the Brick Moon. The Brick Moon was the title of an article published in the Atlantic Monthly by Edward Everett Hale in 1869. This piece was the first known proposal for an Eart... more

1902 Wright Brothers' Glider Tests

(October 10, 1902) Historic photo of the Wright brothers' third test glider being launched at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, on October 10, 1902. Wilbur Wright is at the controls, Orville Wright is at left, ... more

The Wright Brothers' First Heavier-than-air Flight

Description (December 17, 1903) On December 17, 1903, at 10:30am at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, this airplane arose for a few seconds to make the first powered, heavier-than-air controlled flight in history. Th... more

Samuel Pierpont Langley and Charles M. Manly

Full Description: (c. 1903) Samuel Pierpont Langley (1834-1906) with chief mechanic and pilot, Charles M. Manly...Image # L-1990-04340

Orville Wright in the Wright Flyer

This photo commemorates the first successful sustained powered flight by Orville Wright on December 17, 1903, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Orville was at the controls and his brother, Wilbur, was runnin... more

The Langley Aerodrome

Description: L90-4341: "The Langley Aerodrome, brainchild of a group led by Samuel Langley. Shortly after this photo was taken, the December 8, 1903, manned tests of the Aerodrome ended abruptly in failure... more

Wilber and Orville Wright with Flyer II at Huffman Prairie

(May 1, 1904) Wilbur and Orville Wright with the Flyer II at Huffman Prairie, outside of Dayton, Ohio, on May 1, 1904. ..The Wrights had a much more difficult time testing their aircraft at Huffman Prairie than... more

Wright Flyer Test Flights at Fort Myer, VA

(September 3, 1908) The Wright Flyer demonstrations at Fort Myer, Virginia on September 3, 1908. In January 1908 the Wright Brothers submitted a bid to the U.S. War Department to design a plane for $25,000. Thi... more

Dr. Goddar Observes Launch Site

Dr. Robert H. Goddard observes the launch site from his launch control shack while standing by the firing control panel. From here he can fire, release, or stop testing if firing was unsatisfactory. Firing, rel... more

Orville Wrights Test His Glider at Kitty Hawk, NC

(October 24, 1911) This photograph of Orville Wright in his glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was taken on October 24, 1911. His new glider broke all the previous gliding records by actually soaring and sta... more

First meeting of NACA in 1915

Description: The first meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the Office of The Secretary Of War April 23, 1915. Brig. Gen. George P. Scriven was elected as the temporary Chairman ... more

Goddard with Vacuum Tube Device

Full Description: (c. 1916) Robert H. Goddard with vacuum tube apparatus he built in 1916 to research rocket efficiency. Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard is commonly referred to as the father of American rocketry. ... more

NACA 1 and NACA 3

Description: In the spring of 1919, these two Curtiss JN-4H Jennies, which served as NACA 1 and NACA 3 (foreground), prepare to take off from Langley Field. Many of these early flights were done to collect basi... more

George Lewis, NACA Director of Research

Description: George W. Lewis, director of research for the NACA from 1919 to 1947"in Engineer in Charge p 26. ..Identifier NIX-EL-1997-00143

Double the pilots, double the trouble

Description: (1920) Goggles at the ready, this Langley test pilot and engineer conducted research business high above the ground. In the early years, the flight research team was usually made up of a test pilot... more

Joseph Ames

Dr. Joseph Sweetman Ames at his desk at the NACA headquarters. Dr. Ames was a founding member of NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), appointed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915. Ames took on N... more

Dr. Robert H. Goddard

Full Description: Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945). Dr. Goddard has been recognized as the father of American rocketry and as one of the pioneers in the theoretical exploration of space. Robert Hutching... more

Langley First Wind Tunnel

The honeycombed, screened center of this open-circuit air intake for Langley's first wind tunnel insured a steady, nonturbulent flow of air. Two mechanics pose near the entrance end of the actual tunnel, where ... more

The NACA's First Wind Tunnel

Description (April 1, 1921) The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)'s first wind tunnel, located at Langley Field in Hampton, VA, was an open-circuit wind tunnel completed in 1920. Essentially a ... more

Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" Aircraft With Model Wing Suspended

Description (June 22, 1921) Active aircraft biplane, NACA 29-38131, with model wing suspended during flight...Center: LARC .Image # : L-00130

The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Meeting

Description: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in session at Washington to discuss plans to place America foremost in the development of aviation. A report was heard from Dr. Ames, chairman of the... more

Atmospheric Wind Tunnel #1

(May 22, 1921) Test section and balance for Atmospheric Wind Tunnel (AWT) #1. The 5 foot diameter circular test section and control room of NACA Tunnel No. 1. A Curtiss "Jenny" model can be seen mount... more

John F. Victory

(c. 1922) John F. Victory (1892-1974) was the NACA's first employee and the only executive secretary it ever had...Image # : L-1990-03731

Hangar construction

Description (August 1, 1922) Hangar construction at Langley in 1922...Center: LARC .Image # : L-00339

Variable Density Tunnel

Description (February 3, 1922) The Variable Density Tunnel arrives by rail from the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company. The Tunnel was installed at Langley...Center: LARC .Image # : L-1990-04352


(June 1, 1922) Workmen in the patternmakers' shop manufacture a wing skeleton for a Thomas-Morse MB-3 airplane for pressure distribution studies in flight, June 1922...Center: LARC .Image # : L-00184

Mr. Carroll in SPAD

Description: Tom Carroll was a NACA research pilot and the SPAD was a French bi-plane fighter aircraft during WWI.

Dr. Robert Goddard at Clark University

Full Description: Dr. Robert H. Goddard at a blackboard at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1924. Goddard began teaching physics in 1914 at Clark and in 1923 was named the Director of the Physic... more

Paul King and the Vought VE-7

Description: (October 17, 1925) Clad in a fur lined leather flying suit with oxygen facepiece, NACA test pilot Paul King prepares to take to the air in a Vought VE-7...Center: LARC .Image # : L-01118

Robert Goddard with his Double Acting Engine Rocket in 1925

Full Description: Dr. Robert H. Goddard with his complete rocket with the double- acting engine in November 1925, following more than two years of pump development based on the idea of a separate pump for each ... more

Boeing NB-1

Description (October 12, 1926) Boeing NB-1: Designed as a primary trainer for the U. S. Navy, the Boeing NB-1 was used by the NACA at Langley starting in October 1926. The float-quipped example used by the NACA... more

Max M. Munk

Description: (June 1, 1926) Michael Max Munk served as the NACA's Chief of Aerodynamics at what is now Langley Research Center. During his time at the NACA, Munk made a number of contributions to the field of a... more

First Flight of a Liquid Propellant Rocket

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket in the frame from which it was fired on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts. From 1930 to 1941, Dr. Goddard made substantial progress in the develo... more

Weick, Lindbergh, and Hamilton

(June 1, 1927) Fred E. Weick, head of the Propeller Research Tunnel section, 1925-1929, in rear cockpit. Charles Lindbergh in front. Tom Hamilton is standing. ..Center: LARC .Image # : L-1990-03736

Wright WF3W-1 Apache

Description (May 19, 1927) Wright WF3W-1 Apache: In its seaplane configuration, an NACA crew prepares the Wright XF3W-1 Apache for take off from the Little Back River. The Apache was used for engine and cowling... more

Sperry M-1 Messenger

Description (1927) A Langley researcher ponders the future, in mid-1927, of the Sperry M-1 Messenger, the first full-scale airplane tested in the Propeller Research Tunnel. Standing in the exit cone is Elton W.... more

NACA Langely Administrative Office

Description: (1927) Langley administrative office in. Note the blueprints on the table at right lower corner, and rubber stamp tree on the man's desk in left foreground...Image # : L-02204

Metal shop

Description: (1928) At work in the metal shop making engine cowlings. The cowlings smoothed airflow over the engine and reduced drag. This increased speed and fuel efficiency...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03332

Variable Density Wind Tunnel

Description (February 14, 1928) View of the interior of the exit cone of the Variable-Density Tunnel (VDT) during its brief period of operation as an open throat design. After the fire, the VDT section engineer... more

Curtiss Racer

Description: (February 1928) James H. Doolittle, the NACA's last chairman, visited Langley in February 1928 in his Curtiss Racer, the plane in which he won the 1925 Schneider Trophy Race. Photograph published ... more

NACA Cowling #10

Description (September 1, 1928) Drag can present a major problem for aircraft and many of Langley's early research was focused upon reducing aircraft drag. One method was to place a cowling or covering over the... more

Making airplanes

Description: (1928) Langley metal workers fabricated NACA cowlings for early test installations. Cowlings reduced drag and increased aircraft performance...Center: LARC.Image # : L-03412

Curtiss AT-5a with NACA Cowling

Description (October 12, 1928) The NACA cowling as applied to a Curtiss AT-5A at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, October 1928...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03019

Wright Apache

(1928) Originally the Wright Apache had a propeller spinner over the hub and a metal jacket covering the crankcase and inner portions of its engine cylinders. An LMAL test pilot prepares to fly the Apache to hi... more

Vought O2U-1 Corsair

Description (August 2, 1928) Vought O2U-1 Corsair: Suspended from the roof of the NACA's hangar at Langley Field, this Vought O2U-1 Corsair retains its float undercarriage, a contrast to other O2Us flown by the... more

Curtiss Hawk

Description (1928) Curtiss Hawk with NACA Cowling in 1928...Center: LARC .Image # : L-03018

Amelia Earhart Visits NACA (And Gets Her Coat Caught in a Wind Tunnel!)

Description (November 5, 1928) Group photo on steps of Langley Research Building in 1928. front row, left to right: E.A. Meyers, Elton Miller, Amelia Earhart, Henry Reid, and Lt. Col. Jacob W.S. Wuest. Back row... more

Curtiss Hawk

Description (October 12, 1928) Army Curtiss Hawk with NACA cowling. This Curtiss AT-5A is equipped to test a NACA cowling, November 1928. It was the work done on the NACA cowling which brought Langley the Colli... more

Hermann Noordung

Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, was an engineer in the Austrian army. Noordung wrote Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums (The Problem of Space Travel:The Rocket Motor) (1929), a... more

Noordung's Space Station Habitat Wheel

1929 Hermann Noordung depiction of a space station habitat wheel. Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, created the first detailed technical drawings of a space station. Power was generat... more

Collier Trophy presentation 1929

Description: (April 10, 1929) President Herbert Hoover presents the Collier Trophy to Joseph Ames, chairman of the NACA in 1929. Three years later, as part of his plan to increase efficiency in government, Hoov... more

Noordung's Three-Unit Space Station Concept

This 1929 Hermann Noordung image depicts a three-unit space station as seen from a space ship. Hermann Potocnik (1892-1929), also known as Herman Noordung, created the first detailed technical drawings of a spa... more

Metal workers

Description: (1929) Metal workers welding pipe pause for the camera in this 1929 view...Center: LARC .Image # : L-01136

Variable Density Wind Tunnel

Description: (March 15, 1929) Left to right: Eastman Jacobs, Shorty Defoe, Malvern Powell, and Harold Turner. In this photo taken on March 15, 1929, a quartet of NACA staff conduct tests on airfoils in the Vari... more

Pearl I. Young

Description (March 29, 1929) Pearl I. Young, the NACA's first female professional, at work in the instrument research laboratory circa 1929. Photograph published in Winds of Change, 75th Anniversary NASA publi... more

The NASA Ames 40x80 Foot Wind Tunnel

As tall as a 10 story building, this towering bank of vanes turns the air smoothly around one of the four corners of the world's largest wind tunnel. This tunnel which has a test section 40 feet high and 80 fee... more

12- Foot Free-Flight Tunnel

Description: .12-Foot Free-Flight Tunnel under construction: The free-flight wind tunnel is a steel sphere 60 feet in diameter and can be supplied with air compressed up to two or more atmospheres in which the ... more

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

In June of 1930 this Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter was photographed on the tarmac in front of the Langley hangar. The first successful helicopters, however, appeared in Europe later in the decade. (Image # L-04608)

Dr. Goddard Transports Rocket

Dr. Robert H. Goddard tows his rocket to the launching tower behind a Model A Ford truck, 15 miles northwest of Roswell, New Mexico. 1930- 1932. Dr. Goddard has been recognized as the "Father of American R... more

Full Scale Tunnel (FST) and Seaplane Tow Channel [Exterior]

Description (August 15, 1930) Installation of Careystone covering at the Full-Scale Tunnel (FST) facility. The corrugated concrete and asbestos panels (1/4 inch thick; 42 inches wide; 62 inches long) which were... more

19-Foot Pressure Tunnel

(L-19306): This 6-inch pilot tunnel was built to test and refine the 19-Foot Pressure Tunnel’s design prior to construction.

Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter

Description (June 18, 1930) In June of 1930 this Curtiss Bleeker Helicopter was photographed on the tarmac in front of the Langley hangar. The first successful helicopters, however, appeared in Europe later in ... more

Robert Goddard's Tower and Shelter at Camp Devens

Dr. Robert H. Goddard's tower and shelter at the Army artillery range at Camp Devens, in Ayer, Massachusetts in the winter of 1929-1930. Goddard originally began testing rockets on his aunt's farm in Auburn, Ma... more

Henry Sachs with Robert Goddard's Rocket in New Mexico

Henry Sachs, machinist, is shown with Dr. Robert H. Goddard's rocket used in the first flight at Roswell, New Mexico on December 30, 1930. The rocket attained an altitude of about 2,000 feet and speed of about ... more

11-Inch High-Speed Tunnel

Description: Construction of 5 Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel. The 5 Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel was built to study spinning characteristics of aircraft. It was an open throat tunnel capable of a maximum speed of 80 m... more

Construction of the 30 x 60 Foot Wind Tunnel at Langley

Full Description: This photograph from 1930 shows the 30 x 60 Foot Tunnel during construction. Smith J. de France, a NACA engineer, was in charge of the design team for the new tunnel. Planning involved the con... more

Model of 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel

Description (January 11, 1930) Model of 5-Foot Vertical Wind Tunnel. Carl Wenzinger and Thomas Harris wrote in NACA TR 387: "The vertical open-throat wind tunnel of the National Advisory Committee for Aero... more

Lockheed Y1C-12

(February 13, 1931) The Lockheed Y1C-12 was a U. S. Army procured example of the Lockheed Vega. The military used the craft as a high-speed transport. The most famous Vega built was Oklahoman Wiley Post's &quot... more

Full-Scale Tunnel

(L-4933): The Full-Scale Tunnel, seen from across the Back River shortly before its opening in 1931. With no common items discernable in this photo, it is difficult to appreciate the tunnel’s enormous size.

NACA Airfoils: Variable Density Tunnel

Description (February 21, 1931) By August 1929, tests in the Variable Density Tunnel had derived the family of airfoils NACA 0006 through NACA 6721, shown here in cross-section. Published in James R. Hansen, En... more

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Description: Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934

Description: .Construction of Hangar One at NAS Sunnyvale circa 1931 - 1934..Photo ID#: AILS-A93-0074-23

Original NACA Hangars

Description (1931) The original NACA hangars, 1931. The aircraft parked to the right is the Fairchild owned by the NACA. Just outside the hangar door is a modified Ford Model A that was used to start aircraft ... more

Dr. Robert Goddard

Description: (c. 1932) The Goddard Space Flight Center was named in honor of Dr. Robert Goddard, a pioneer in rocket development. Dr. Goddard received patents for a multi-stage rocket and liquid propellants in ... more