July 29, 1958 – NASA is established
NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – was established on July 29, 1958 by the National Aeronautics and Space Act.
“In addition to the space program, it is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research. Since February 2006 NASA’s self-described mission statement is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.”
NASA’s motto is: “For the benefit of all”. The motto of NASA’s Office of Education is: Shaping the Future: Launching New Endeavors to Inspire the Next Generation of Explorers.“
May 5, 1961 launch of Redstone rocket and NASA’s Mercury Freedom 7 with Alan Shepard Jr. on the United States’ first manned sub-orbital spaceflight.