The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA, pronounced /ˈnæsə/) is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA was established on July 29, 1958, by the National Aeronautics and Space Act.
In addition to the space program, it is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research. Since February 2006 NASA's self-described mission statement is to "pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research."
NASA's motto is: "For the benefit of all". The motto of NASA's Office of Education is: Shaping the Future: Launching New Endeavors to Inspire the Next Generation of Explorers.
After the Soviet space program's launch of the world's first human-made satellite (Sputnik 1) on October 4, 1957, the attention of the United States turned toward its own fledgling space efforts. The U.S. Congress, alarmed by the perceived threat to U.S. security and technological leadership (known as the "Sputnik crisis"), urged immediate and swift action; President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his advisors counseled more deliberate measures. Several months of debate produced an agreement that a
NBC News noted on Tuesday that President Obama met in the Oval Office with Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the surviving Apollo 11 astronauts. Also in attendance were Carol Armstrong, he widow of the late Neil Armstrong, as well as ...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A group of Purdue University students is moving ahead with a project to design and build a spacecraft that will be launched by a new, more environmentally friendly rocket propellant.
The students have partnered with rocket ...
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee on NASA searching for life among the stars:
We may know within five, 10 or more likely the next 20 years whether there is life on other planets. And that's not too ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House.
President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday.
Apollo 11 ...
The 45th anniversary of the first moon landing led me to wonder how such a mission would go if it happened today.
So let's advance Apollo 11 to 2014 and see what happens:
Launch site picked
NASA announced today ...