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Happy 50th, NASA!

July 29, 2008
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50 years ago today, the National Aeronautics  and Space Act of 1958 was signed into law by Eisenhower. This act created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

50 years of giving us some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs. 50 years of the most intrepid women and men that the U.S. has to offer. 50 years of trailblazing a path of knowledge and understanding of the universe. 50 years of inventions that are so commonplace today, you never question where they came from.

NASA provided the means and reasearch to fling satellites into orbit, to rocket men to the moon using a huge, controlled explosion. They gave us the majesty of the universe through Hubble and Chandra. They gave us regular citizens access to their triumphs and devastating losses as no other government organization had before.

In 50 years, we’ve seen men on the moon, telescopes in orbit, space stations, probes that hit comets 267 million miles away and sent back good data. We’ve seen with wonder-stricken eyes pictures and film from the surface of the moon, Mars, and Titan. We’ve celebrated the achievements of our astronauts and we’ve wept when they fell.

Happy 50th Birthday, NASA, and thank you for what you have given us: the continuation of the American frontier spirit and for feeding our ever-continuing hunger for knowledge and wonder!

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