Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Sunday, July 29, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NASA!

Sixty years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower sign into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act which authorized the creation of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Authority).  The act, strangely (?) passed by Congress in a hurry after the Soviet launch of Sputnik, replacing the outmoded National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

(And, yes, I know that NASA did not officially begin until October 1, 1958, but I'm still saying happy birthday today.)

Some of NASA's original goals:

  • To expand human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space
  • To improve the usefulness, performance, speed, safety, and efficiency of aeronautical and space vehicles
  • To develop and operate vehicles capable of carrying instruments, equipment, supplies, and living organisms through space
  • To preserve the role of the United States as a leader in aeronautic and space science and technology and using such for the peaceful conduct of activities within and outside the atmosphere*
  • To make available to national defense agencies discoveries that have a military value and significance, and to direct and control non-military aeronautical and space activities, as well as information that may have value to such defense agencies
  • To cooperate with other nations or groups of nations
  • To provide the most effective utilization of scientific and engineering resources of the United States and to prevent unnecessary duplication of effort, facilities, and equipment

From these simple goals came one of mankind's greatest achievements.  We landed on the moon.  We explored the solar systems.  We have looked deep into space.  We have gotten an ever-expanding vision of the universe.  We have made great strides in medicine, technology, weather prediction, communication, and so on.  Life is much better because of NASA.

But the public can be as fickle as the politicians.  The space program had become routine; it no longer had that special pizzazz.  Also, terrible accidents stunted the public's desire or space exploration.  There more politically expedient ways to spend large mounts of money.  Forget that space research and exploration my be mankind's best hope for survival.

The pendulum appears to be swinging once again in NASA's favor.  At least I hope so.

Just to remind you of some of the marvels, mystery, and beauty that NASA has given us, check out the link below.


https://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/images/index.html


*  Emphasis mine.

3 comments:


  1. شركة كيان لنقل العفش بالرياض والمدينة المنورة وجدة ومكة والطائف والدمام تقديم لكم دليل كامل لشركات نقل العفش بالمملكة العربية السعودية

    نقل عفش شركة كيان
    دليل شركات نقل العفش
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة

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  2. شركة نقل عفش بالرياض وجدة والدمام والخبر والجبيل اولقطيف والاحساء والرياض وجدة ومكة المدينة المنورة والخرج والطائف وخميس مشيط وبجدة افضل شركة نقل عفش بجدة نعرضها مجموعة الفا لنقل العفش بمكة والخرج والقصيم والطائف وتبوك وخميس مشيط ونجران وجيزان وبريدة والمدينة المنورة وينبع افضل شركات نقل الاثاث بالجبيل والطائف وخميس مشيط وبريدة وعنيزو وابها ونجران المدينة وينبع تبوك والقصيم الخرج حفر الباطن والظهران
    شركة نقل عفش بجدة
    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة
    شركة نقل اثاث بالرياض
    شركة نقل عفش بالدمام
    شركة نقل عفش بالطائف

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