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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 10:44 AM

Happy Birthday NASA 10/1/1958

NASA becomes operational, October 1, 1958

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) began managing the United States space exploration program on October 1, 1958.

NASA's stated vision is: To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.

When NASA became operational, it replaced the US National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) agency. NACA had been founded in 1915 to undertake, promote, and institutionalize aeronautical research.

NACA had been experimenting with rocket planes such as the Bell X-2 in the 1950s. However, when the Soviets launched the world's first artificial satellite, Sputnik 1, on October 4, 1957, the attention of the United States turned toward its own space efforts.

Whole article by Suzanne Deffree at Engineer Design News at

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Thu Oct 1, 2015, 10:52 AM

1. And still a wonderfully cool organization.

Happy Birthday NASA!!!!

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