The establishment of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (The Birth of NASA) solidified the United States' commitment to winning the "race in space" against the Soviets. This was in 1958 less than one year after the Soviet Union shocked the world with its launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the earth bringing the dawning of the space age.
NASA became synonymous with the space race. It was the driving force that brought to reality what was once only envisioned in a sci-fi movie. What makes NASA even more intriguing are the events that followed within the next 55 years: Some ecstatic, others traumatic.
Embrace the Past...
In May 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States should set a goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Eight years and billions of dollars later, Neil Armstrong stepped out of the lunar module Eagle and onto the moon's surface on July 20, 1969.
The great space race was over.
Empower the Present...
Enrich the Future...
We've come a long way since the birth of NASA in 1958 and who knows what is yet to come. . . Click Future Missions for a sneak peek at what possible lies ahead!