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First African-American woman in space Mae Jemison and NASA spacesuit team manager Sharon McDougle working together at Johnson Space Center in 1992. (NASA)

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin train for the Moon at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, April 18, 1969.

(Dan Beaumont Space Museum)

A “hydraulically-operated articulated robot” at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, 1965.

A monorail prototype in Houston, Texas, 1956. Photo by Joe Sherschel.

The Carrousel Motor Hotel in Houston, built in 1961, designed by William Tamminga. And wow, just wow, read this: “In 1967 the Carrousel Motor Hotel was a defendant in an important civil rights case decided by the Texas Supreme Court. Plaintiff Emmit Fisher, an African American mathematician for NASA, was attending a conference at the motel and was in line to eat lunch when the manager grabbed his plate out of his hand and yelled that a `negro could not be served.` The court decided in favor of Fisher citing that assault and battery can (and did) occur without physical harm. By 1975, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed but reopened under ownership of John Coil who opened it as an `adult movie luxury motel` according to an article in the March 1976 issue of Texas Monthly. Just a couple months later, Texas Monthly ran another article featuring the Carrousel`s new membership club, `Dare to be Bare.` After a slew of lawsuits from 1977-1988, the Carrousel Motor Hotel closed for good.”


Sally Ride in a T-38 jet at Ellington Air Force Base near NASA Johnson, June 15, 1983. (NASA)

September 19, 2012: A NASA 747 mothership ferries the Space Shuttle Endeavour over Houston, Texas.


Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon, illustrated in the Houston Post, July 21, 1969.

May 18, 1969 — Inside mission control at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, during the first day of the Apollo 10 mission. (NASA)

March 29, 1979 – NASA’s Al Pennington studies the monitor on his console during simulations in mission control at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.