The National Aeronautics & Space Administration was established 50 years ago TODAY on July 29, 1958, by the National Aeronautics and Space Act, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. In addition to the space program, NASA is also responsible for long-term civilian and military aerospace research.
NASA's motto is: "For the benefit of all"
Click here for the official 50th Anniversary Website, which has some amazing photographs, both past and present... and also check out the new issue and posts on WIRED Science, which features 50 years of NASA's achievements and more great photos. WIRED is truly one of the best places to keep up, and I love how much interest and excitement they generate in the space program! Google also changed their search engine logo for the day: