NASA’s 60th Anniversary

On October 1, 1958, the President and Congress announced the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an agency to “provide for research into the problems of flight within and outside the Earth’s atmosphere…” Since that time, NASA has pushed the boundaries of human and robotic exploration. Brilliant engineers have reshaped how we think about space travel and enabled scientific exploration of some of the most remote locations in the solar system — Pluto, Mercury, Ceres, Saturn, and even the Sun, to name a few. Help NASA celebrate this long history, as we enter a new decade of space exploration.

You can read more about the founding of NASA, its early days of exploration, and about more recent history by visiting the NASA History Office website at