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Celebrating NASA’s 60th Anniversary!

Celebrating NASA’s 60th Anniversary!

On this day in 1958, Congress founded NASA.

Today marks the 60th anniversary of NASA.  In 1958, Congress established NASA as a means of keeping up with the technological advances of other countries and to focus on our own  research.  For six decades, NASA has been at the forefront of peaceful space exploration, making countless discoveries about our planet, solar system, and the universe.  Not only has NASA’s research, discovery, and due diligence has had huge implications for the science, technology, and commercial space industries, but it also serves as a shining example of United States diplomacy.  In recognition of NASA’s 60th anniversary, here are some surprising facts about this ground-breaking agency.

1) NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, was launched by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 in response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957.

2) President John F. Kennedy gave NASA the goal of sending a man to the moon by the end of the 1960’s.  On July 20, 1969, the first astronauts walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

3) Twelve astronauts in total have walked on the moon as part of the Apollo missions.

4) The space shuttle program has had more that 120 successful flights but also two disasters in which both the shuttles and crews were lost (Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003).

5) The inventor of the Super Soaker water gun was a NASA scientist who also helped develop the Stealth Bomber for the US Air Force and the Galileo mission to Jupiter for NASA.

6) Neil Armstrong’s NASA application was a week late.  If it weren’t for his friend secretly slipping the late application into the pile, he would have been rejected.

7) NASA shows the Hollywood movie Armageddon as part of its management training program.  After the film showing, they ask new staff to identify as many scientific inaccuracies as they can.  There are at least 168 of them.

8) NASA will text you whenever the International Space Station passes overhead.

9) The Apollo Astronauts were unable to qualify for life insurance and were not insured by NASA.  They resorted to ‘insurance autographs,’ signing just before their launch in the expectation that its value would skyrocket in the event of their deaths.

10) In 2006, NASA admitted that they no longer had the original videotapes of the moon landing because they recorded over them.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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