President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 29, 1958. That act transferred the duties of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) from the military to a new civilian agency called the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA came about as a response to the Soviet Sputnik program, and accelerated when President Kennedy challenged the US to go to the moon by the end of the ’60s. NASA has accomplished a lot in 60 years! This video is one of a series celebrating big milestones in NASA’s history. -via Digg
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