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We look back at the space agency’s illustrious history, through 20 of its most iconic moments
Happy 60th birthday, NASA! Spaceflight historian Amy takes a look back over the space agency’s most iconic moments.
29 JULY 1958 PRESIDENT EISENHOWER CREATES THE AGENCY
After the Soviet Union launched Sputnik, it fell to President Eisenhower (centre) to soothe the fear that was gripping his nation. Knowing space could soon become a battleground in the burgeoning Cold War, he decided to establish a civilian space agency such that space exploration could be a peaceful endeavour for humanity. He signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on 29 July 1958, formally putting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under the leadership of administrator T Keith Glennan (right) and deputy administrator Hugh L Dryden (left).