AMY SHIRA TEITEL

We look back at the space agency’s il­lus­tri­ous his­tory, through 20 of its most iconic mo­ments

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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).

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