an exercise in miscellany

NASA & NACA

In science & nature on January 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an Executive Branch agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation’s civilian space program and aeronautics and aerospace research. Since February 2006, NASA’s self-described mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.”

NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) which was a  federal agency founded on March 3, 1915 to undertake, promote, and institutionalize aeronautical research.  Since becoming operational on October 1, 1958 NASA has led U.S. efforts for space exploration since, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and has been developing the manned Orion spacecraft.

via NASA & NACA – Wikipedia

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