Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy 50th birthday NASA - sort of.....

NASA officially opened for business on October 1 1958, but today marks the 50th anniversary of the governmental act that made it happen.

The US Federal National Aeronautics and Space Act that created NASA, was signed into law 50 years ago today on July 29, 1958.

Eisenhower, the most reluctant of space warriors insisted that the agency be civilian and only grudgingly signed up to the space race at all - largely at the instigation of Senate Majority Leader, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Keith Glennan was NASA's first, short-lived, Administrator, ably assisted by the cerebral Hugh Dryden.
There's a good Youtube video about the early days of NASA here

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