You wouldn’t have known that’s what he was communicating by the content of his speech: Obama was more concerned with a NASA budgetary increase of six million dollars, allocated for robotic space missions and technological advancements (Obama n.p). But the heart of the matter, for the scientific community and commentators listening in, was the end of American astronauts drifting into space at the behest of tax payers. The reason for Obama’s manned space flights cut was due largely to the Constellation program, an expansive effort to erect a moon base by 2020 for use as a pit stop in future Mars missions, enacted by the Bush administration in 2005 (Sutter n.p.). The pre-Obama administration prog... ... middle of paper ... ...ts Jobs at Michoud.” wwltv.com 16 Apr. 2010.
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.
It was formed because of the Sputnik crisis of confidence. NASA inherited the earlier National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and other government organizations, and immediately began working on options for human space flight (Roland, 1999). NASA was first called upon to find out if humans could survive in space in Project Mercury. This was then followed by Project Gemini, which built upon the successes of Project Mercury and used a spacecraft built for two astronauts. NASA then turned their attention to the moon in Project Apollo, which was successful in 1969 when the Apollo 11 mission first put a man on the moon.
In the rest of his speech he challenged the Nation’s smartest minds to build a rocket capable of lifting a man to the Moon and returning him safely to the earth. He also stressed that it would finally put America’s space program in front of the Soviets. The Russian’s had beat America not only to put a satellite in space, but a man too. Yuri Gagarin had orbited the earth just weeks before American astronaut Alan Shepard was sche... ... middle of paper ... ...A continues to look in to the future, building ever more complicated rockets and space vehicles, it is easy to see that the missions to come hold many new accomplishments and discoveries. Works Cited Aldrin, Buzz, and Ken Abraham.
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On May 25, the president decided to address congress and challenge the nation to make the first man to land on the moon. Then o... ... middle of paper ... ...il Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men ever to walk on the moon. I’ve talked a lot about NASA. NASA is actually an acronym of National Aeronautics and Space Administration that was created in 1958. NASA is the successor of the former space group, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
The Moon to Mars Plan: A possibility or fantasy? President Bush placed the Mars missions high in his budgeting for the United States’ government, but when the budget grew tighter, cuts had to be made. The president, however, still strove to make Mars exploration possible. Although the Martian Rovers are continually discovering new information about the red planet, human trips still seem a thing of the distant future. But with Bush’s new plans, a trip from the Moon to Mars might make the expedition more possible.