The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) pushes the bounds of technology and invention to new heights with their mission for space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautical research. Parts of this history are preserved in national parks or by National Park Service programs across the country.
National parks are home to stellar views of night skies and innovative scientific research and planning on the ground. Today the National Park Service and NASA team up to collaborate on research, data collection, and outreach. In 2016, the NASA Astronaut Corps were officially named honorary park rangers for their out-of-this world contributions to the National Park Service.
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Junior Ranger Spaceflight Explorers
Reach for the stars to become a Junior Ranger Spaceflight Explorer! Test your knowledge and challenge yourself to fun puzzles and activities to learn more about national parks and space exploration. Get a copy of the official Junior Ranger Spaceflight Explorer book to earn your certificate and let the fun begin!
Celebrate 50th Anniversary of the First Lunar Landing
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the crew of Apollo 11 landing on the moon, visit a park to enjoy the night skies or join a ranger program!
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Last updated: July 13, 2019