National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space, the final frontier, is a perplexing place that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, strives to better understand. NASA’s purpose is “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.” For over fifty years, NASA has been pushing the development of new technologies that will help humanity to better understand the universe in which they live. NASA has a rich and diverse history that extends back more than fifty years. NASA had its beginnings in 1958 when, partially in response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the Sputnik, the first artificial satellite, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered for a civilian space agency to be created. In July of the same year, the National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was born. NASA had absorbed the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, gaining the responsibility of researching and improving flight technology for in the Earth’s atmosphere as well as outside. The exciting day came on October 1, 1958, when NASA officially opened its doors. Since then, NASA has continually pushed the boundaries of space and technology by sending men to the moon and machines to the far reaches of space. NASA has many centers and laboratories located around the country. Its headquarters is located in Washington, D.C. providing guidance and direction for the dozens of field centers, laboratories, and research centers around the country. This leadership is provided under Charles F. Bolden Jr., the twelfth administrator of NASA who took charge in 2009. Named for Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the Goddard Space Flight Cente... ... middle of paper ... ..._does_nasa_do.html>. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA's First 50 Years: Historical Perspectives. Ed. Steven J. Dick. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of Communications, History Division, 2010. Print. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. "NASA Technologies Benefit Our Lives." NASA Technologies Benefit Our Lives. Ed. John Jones. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1 May 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2013. . US Global Change Research Program. "USGCRP-Participating US Agencies National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)." USGCRP-Participating Agencies: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). US Global Change Research Program, 20 Oct. 2008. Web. 29 Nov. 2013. .
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