NASA Established 50 Years Ago Today: Happy Birthday

Fifty years later and we’ve done the impossible. We’ve blasted chimps, men, women and shuttles out of this world. We’ve walked on Mars and landed on the moon. We’ve put up our flags, sent up our satellites, we’ve even come together to live in outer space for months and years at a time. NASA was established July 29, 1958 after the Russians launched Sputnik and the United States decided to step up its efforts to win the space race. Then, Congress allocated $80 million to the task. In 2008, 50 years after NASA was established, the agency has a budget of $17.3 billion. What pride. What joy.

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