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What is NASA?
NASA is short for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, a civilian agency of the United States government that specializes in space exploration and research about flight and aircraft.
Over the years, NASA has advanced space exploration and made many contributions to science. Its notable programs and missions have included astronaut moon landings, Mars rovers, satellites around planets, and interstellar telescopes.
One of NASA’s earliest and most famous programs was the Apollo program, which put the first person on the moon on July 20, 1969.
NASA runs numerous missions and programs at its facilities across the United States.
Why is NASA important?
NASA was created when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law on July 29, 1958. The U.S. Congress had started exploring the idea of NASA in 1957, after the Soviet Union launched the world’s first space satellite, Sputnik I, that year. That began what became known as the “space race,” involving the Cold War rivals racing to become the first to send a human mission to the moon. NASA was created to help the United States win that race.
Some of NASA’s notable projects include:
- The Curiosity Mars rover program. A robotic rover explored Mars to try to determine if the planet could support life.
- The Hubble telescope. The telescope orbits around Earth and is used to observe and study our solar system and distant stars.
- The International Space Station. NASA works with space programs from more than a dozen other nations on space research and technology installation at the station.
NASA’s work has helped companies create some of the products we now use every day. NASA developed cameras small enough to be used in spacecraft. This led to private companies creating cameras that could fit inside helmets and smartphones. Other common items that benefitted from NASA research include CAT scanners, athletic shoes, wireless headsets, and freeze-dried food.
Major tragedies in NASA’s history include the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger during its launch in 1986 and the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia when it was returning in 2003. Both crews were killed.
Did you know ... ?
Two very popular NASA-related quotes are often misquoted.
According to NASA, when astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon in 1969, he said, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” not “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
The second popular misquote comes from the Apollo 13 mission in 1970.
Astronaut John L. “Jack” Swigert told Mission Control, “Houston, we’ve had a problem,” not “Houston, we have a problem.” (Mission Control was located in Houston, Texas, and astronauts often referred to it as simply “Houston.”)
What are real-life examples of NASA?
NASA is known for its space program. It’s popularly known as a place where a lot of very smart people work.
⚡️ New results from @NASAJuno suggest Jupiter is home to "shallow lightning." An unexpected form of electrical discharge, it comes from an ammonia-water solution, whereas lightning on Earth originates from water clouds: https://t.co/iA3ksVJNR3 pic.twitter.com/VXX8hetH0O
— NASA (@NASA) August 5, 2020
Near, far, wherever you are… @NASAHubble will get the shot! 📸
NGC 4907 glows from 270 million light-years away & shining brightly below the galaxy is a star within the Milky Way. This star seems much brighter as it is 100,000 times closer. Read more: https://t.co/rM6wtQOYB4 pic.twitter.com/TSi8zjdpxE
— NASA (@NASA) August 8, 2020
NASA has awarded SpaceX a $109 million contract to launch the Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe, a NOAA space weather sentinel, a robotic scout to study lunar water, and two other payloads on a single Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in 2024. https://t.co/Yu6N2N3whs pic.twitter.com/bPwVlLMZGs
— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) September 28, 2020
Meet Dr. Fadji Maina, the first Nigerien scientist to work for NASA.
She joined the world famous space agency in the US at the end of August.
This is what she had to say about her journey.
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) September 28, 2020
What other words are related to NASA?
NASA is likely to research which of the following subjects?
A. our solar system
B. space travel
C. distant galaxies
D. all of the above
How to use NASA in a sentence
Can you imagine flying to Venus in an Apollo-era ship based on the same technology, as some NASA people proposed?To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off|Matthew R. Francis|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The renowned theoretical physicist has for years been a proponent of real-life, NASA-led interstellar travel.Meet Kip Thorne, the Man Who Crafted the Artful Science of ‘Interstellar’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Did this include NASA, the U.S. Navy and the National Weather Service?If You Think D.C. Is Awful Now, Wait Until Wednesday|Jonathan Alter|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I asked a former NASA astronaut, who cannot be quoted on the record, to look at photographs of the debris.Clues From SpaceShipTwo’s Wreckage: Did the Crew Compartment Fail?|Clive Irving|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He has underpinned his future program by winning from NASA a 20-year lease on the legendary launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral.Tycoons in Space: One in Orbit and One Still Grounded|Clive Irving|October 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The day still retains the name of Luc-nasa, or the Anniversary of the Sun.The Round Towers of Ireland|Henry O'Brien