NASA is 50 in 2008 Too

By | Jul 29, 2008

Along with people such as Madonna, Michael Jackson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Prince, NASA is also celebrating it’s 50 years as an agency. On July 29, 1958, Congress created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) when President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act.

NASA officially began operations on October 1, 1958, consisting primary of the four laboratories and some 80 employees of the government’s 46-year-old research agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Elements of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency (German Wernher von Braun, who is considered the father of the United States space program, was part of this agency) and the Naval Research Laboratory were incorporated into NASA.

One of the earliest programs was the effort to put a man in space. They accomplished in this 1961 with the Mercury Mission. Once it was proven that man could leave the Earth NASA’s focus was to place a man on the moon. This they accomplished in July 1969 with Apollo 11, just short of 11 years after the act was signed.

On December 4, 2006, NASA announced it was planning to build a permanent moon base and on September 28, 2007, NASA administrator Michael D. Griffin stated that NASA aims to put a man on Mars by 2037.

Mostly NASA and its space missions have been a success. Yes three men died when Apollo 1 caught on fire during a test and two shuttles have been destroyed killing all on board. There has been over 150 manned mission and many more unmanned that has help advance life on earth.

NASA has even developed a webpage for it’s anniversary at http://www.nasa.gov/50th/home/index.html.


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