4. We sent multiple crews from around the world to humanity’s ultimate home away from home — the International Space Station. By the way, it’s been up there for 15 years, and humans have been living, working and doing science research there for 13 of them. No sign of Bullock or Clooney yet, though.
6. As usual, we launched lots of cool stuff – Four space station crews, the MAVEN mission to Mars (below), the LADEE mission to the moon, the IRIS mission to study the solar atmosphere, Landsat to look down on Earth, and more.
Also, one of our launches got photobombed by this frog.
7. Speaking of launches, lots of people saw them from their own back yard, with rockets leaving NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia visible up and down the East Coast. And about a quarter million people signed up on the Spot the Station site to find out where and when to see the orbital outpost overhead.
8. We dropped a 5 ton helicopter from 30 feet to test crash survivability and improve safety.
9. Earth waved at Saturn and we got this awesome photo back from Cassini showing our place in the Solar System:
10. This Russian Meteor — OK, not technically a NASA “thing,” but our web traffic spiked nearly 20 times normal, with almost 12 million page views that day. When space comes down to Earth, people are interested.