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This Day in History: NASA Is Created

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This Day in History: , NASA Is Created.
July 29, 1958.
The National Aeronautics and
Space Administration (NASA) was
created as a means of keeping up with the
space program of the former Soviet Union.
The Soviet launch of the
Sputnik satellites had
surprised and embarrassed
the United States.
Americans were on edge
that the Soviets would
soon be capable of
launching nuclear weapons.
President John F. Kennedy announced the U.S. intention of
landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s.
NASA spearheaded the monumental task
and achieved that goal on July 20, 1969.
NASA continues to push the edge of space exploration, landing rovers on Mars in the past decade
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