History of NASA
Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many great
scientific and technological feats in air and space. NASA technology
also has been adapted for many non aerospace uses by the private
NASA remains a leading force in scientific research and in stimulating
public interest in aerospace exploration, as well as science and
technology in general. Perhaps more importantly, our exploration
of space has taught us to view Earth, ourselves, and the universe
in a new way.
While the tremendous technical and scientific accomplishments
of NASA demonstrate vividly that humans can achieve previously
inconceivable feats, we also are humbled by the realization that
Earth is just a tiny "blue marble" in the cosmos. Check out our
"Thinking About NASA History" folder online as an introduction
to how history can help you.
NASA's new spaceship is the key to making the Vision for Space
Exploration a reality. The Vision, announced by President Bush
in January 2004, will extend humanity's presence across the solar
system, starting with a return to the moon by the end of the next
decade, followed by journeys to Mars and beyond.
Building on the best of Apollo and shuttle technology, NASA's
21st century exploration system will be affordable, reliable,
versatile and safe.
The centerpiece of this system is a new craft designed to carry
four astronauts to and from the moon, support up to six crew members
on future missions to Mars, and deliver crew and cargo to the
international space station.