The space race was a trying time for American culture. People had a common enemy, feared by all, in the Soviet Union. It was an era in which America was determined to prove its superiority, and fought to establish itself as still dominant. With this in mind, president Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, known today commonly by its acronym – NASA. NASA was in many ways an extension to the NACA (National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics, which had already been researching flight for the government for 40 years at the time of NASA’s founding). NASA has come a long way since its founding, innovating technologies that we use everyday today. You can even watch astronauts on TV 24/7 with NASA channels found on ExpertSatellite.com/direct-tv-packages.html! Let’s take a look back to see how NASA became what it is today.
President John F. Kennedy was the first president to really push NASA into the limelight, turning NASA into a household name. In an effort to unify America, divided during the 1960s because of war, Kennedy gave NASA a task: put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. When NASA succeeded at doing just that, the agency wrote itself permanently into the history books.
NASA was working diligently on other technologies all the while, making serious advancements in the aeronautics industry. The agency built the first weather and communications satellites, revolutionizing the entire world. This technology would eventually lead to the advancements that enable satellite communication today, something we depend on daily in the modern world.
Later, NASA would work on a reusable vehicle to provide access to space whenever necessary. The Space Shuttle, completed in 1981, was involved in over one hundred missions before being decommissioned in 2011.
NASA’s arguably greatest achievement, however, entered orbit in the year 2000. Representative of a massive amount of work by multiple countries, NASA oversaw the largest collaborative space travel effort in human history: the International Space Station. Built and managed with the cooperation of 16 nations, the ISS ensures a permanent human presence in space for the foreseeable future, and far beyond. Research and experimentation is being done in space to this day thanks to this single crowning achievement.
NASA has had a long, storied past, and the organization continues to grow well into the future. As long as America yearns for space travel, NASA will be there.
12 Jun, 2013 |