July 2019

This Day in History: NASA Is Created

This Day in History: NASA Is Created July 29,1958. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created as a means of keeping up with the  space program of the former Soviet Union. The Soviet launch of the  Sputnik satellites had  surprised and embarrassed  the United States. Americans were on edge  that the Soviets would  soon be capable of  launching nuclear weapons. President John F. Kennedy  announced the U.S. intention of landing a man on the moon  by the end of the 1960s. NASA spearheaded the  monumental task, and  achieved that goal on July 20, 1969. NASA continues to push  the edge of space exploration, landing rovers on Mars  in the past decade.