10 Things To Know About NASA
NASA is a scientific and exploration agency that has been in operation since 1958. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by Congress in 1958, as part of the Department of Defense. Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is still an integral part of Caltech but operates independently from them.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established by Congress in 1958, as part of the Department of Defense.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established by Congress in 1958, as part of the Department of Defense. NASA is responsible for many things in space, including:
- Launching spacecraft into orbit around the Earth
- Researching how Earth’s atmosphere works (and what its future will look like)
- Constructing telescopes that observe stars and galaxies from deep within space
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was founded as a division of Caltech, but is now its own independent unit.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was founded as a division of Caltech, but is now its own independent unit. JPL’s mission is to explore the solar system and the universe—and it does that with some pretty cool stuff.
- You can learn about space in-person if you visit JPL’s visitor center in Pasadena, California (the same place where they conduct their research). There are plenty of hands-on exhibits that kids and adults alike will enjoy, like creating a model rocket or learning how to build your own spacecraft using cardboard boxes and duct tape!
- If you’re interested in designing your own spaceship while at home or traveling abroad on vacation, then check out these websites: [link]
NASA’s Director of Aeronautics is a military four-star, who reports directly to the Secretary of Defense.
The NASA director of aeronautics is a military four-star, who reports directly to the Secretary of Defense. He or she is responsible for developing and managing NASA’s overall space policy, including technical issues related to human spaceflight, as well as defense support for civil space activities (such as communications with satellites).
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was founded as an independent institution in 1960 by a group of Colorado State University faculty members.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was founded as an independent institution in 1960 by a group of Colorado State University faculty members. At that time, it was part of the National Science Foundation and operated under its auspices. In 1969, NCAR moved to Boulder, Colorado; this move allowed the organization to become self-sustaining and independent from NSF funding. Today NCAR continues to operate independently within NSF’s mission statement but also works closely with other agencies like NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center etc., among others
The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) conducts scientific research from Earth-orbiting satellites, but also manages its own fleet of spacecraft.
The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) conducts scientific research from Earth-orbiting satellites, but also manages its own fleet of spacecraft. The center is located in Greenbelt, Maryland and is responsible for managing the Hubble Space Telescope as well as other projects such as Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The Goddard Space Flight Center was founded in 1958 by Robert H. Goddard to study atmospheric physics and spaceflight technology. It became an official NASA center in 1961 when Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act that founded NASA with a vision to explore space with humans aboard spacecrafts; this same act led to the creation of another branch called Johnson Space Center which focuses on flight control systems including command centers like Mission Control at Houston’s Lyndon B Johnson Space Center
NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) is responsible for flying astronauts into space rather than building them in space.
The Johnson Space Center is the home of NASA’s mission control, which monitors all space missions. The center has been located in Houston since Johnson was chosen as the city’s permanent center for space exploration in 1949.
It also built and flew the Space Shuttle fleet, which orbited Earth more than 400 times until its retirement in 2011 after 31 years of service; as well as several other spacecraft including Cassini (launched in 1997), HST (launched 1990), Curiosity Rover on Mars (2012) and Juno Spacecraft currently en route to Jupiter
JSC also manages programs like the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA also manages programs like the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope.
JSC is responsible for flying astronauts into space, building the International Space Station (ISS), launching satellites into orbit and more.
The center is home to more than 10,000 employees who work on research projects such as:
- Human spaceflight missions
- Commercial crew transportation services for NASA’s Journey to Mars
We’re still doing some amazing things at NASA!
- NASA is still doing amazing things.
- NASA’s mission is to explore space, the solar system and the universe.
- The agency wants to further our understanding of these places by sending astronauts on missions there as well as studying other aspects of our home planet, including Earth’s atmosphere and climate system.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief history of NASA as much as I have. It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m excited to see where we’re going next. We may not yet know what will happen in the future, but I think it’s safe to say that we’ll continue working towards our goal of exploring space and making discoveries here on Earth (and elsewhere).