NASA Celebrates 60th Anniversary Today Oct. 1 – 60 Years and Counting !

NASA 60th anniversary
commemorative statue displayed today Oct 1, 2018 on NASA’s
60th birthday as a US
Federal Agency since Oct 1, 1958 – in the world famous
Rocket Garden at  the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com
 
Ken Kremer 
  
SpaceUpClose.com     1 October 2018
KENNEDY SPACE
CENTER, FL –  NASA, the most inspiriting
agency of the U.S. Federal Government and the world’s leading space agency
dedicated to a never ending mission of achieving breakthroughs in knowledge in
Science, Discovery and Exploration of the entire Universe for the betterment of
all Humankind – celebrates its 60th Birthday today Oct. 1, 2018 – on
the 60th anniversary of its founding on Oct. 1, 1958. 
60 Years and
Counting !
The US Congress passed the National
Aeronautics and Space Act, that established NASA as an agency of the Federal
Government on July 16, 1958 and President Eisenhower signed it into law on July
29, 1958. 



NASA opened for business on Oct. 1, 1958,
with T. Keith Glennan as the first administrator. “
On Oct 1 we
celebrate NASA’s 60th birthday. From its inception our great agency has
changed the world for the better,” says new NASA Administrator
Jim Bridenstine, in a brief video below. 


“President Eisenhower launched our nation into the
space age, and President Kennedy gave us the charge to reach the moon.” 



Watch this brief message from new
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine:





Video Caption: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine’s message to the NASA workforce on
the agency’s accomplishments over six incredible decades, and future plans
including missions to the Moon and on to Mars.



Learn more at this NASA link:
https://www.nasa.gov/specials/60counting/index.html
I spent my day marking NASA’s 60th birthday with
a celebratory visit to the Kennedy Space Center and the KSC Visitor Complex
that showcases many of NASA’s astounding achievements these past six decades and
a preview of what’s to come in both human and robotic spaceflight. 



The Visitor Complex erected a new commemorative statue
honoring NASA’s 60th anniversary and placed it on display in the world
famous Rocket Garden. See my Space UpClose photos herein. 



“Our history tells a story of exploration,
innovation and discoveries. The next 60 years, that story continues,” says
NASA. 



“For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful
exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system,
and our universe. At home, NASA research has made great advances in aviation,
helped to develop a commercial space industry, enrich our economy, create jobs,
and strengthen national security. Outside the United States, our international
partnerships shine as examples of diplomacy. Space exploration has brought
together people of diverse backgrounds working for the good of all humankind
.”



NASA is the successor to NACA – the National
Advisory Committee on Aeronautics which was founded on March 3, 1915, as an
independent government agency reporting directly to the President.



NASA’s signature achievement is the landing of
men on the  Apollo 11 mission in July 1969
and the first human footsteps on the lunar surface by NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong
and Buzz Aldrin. 



“In 1961 President John F. Kennedy challenged
our nation “to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man
on the Moon and returning him safely to earth.” It took eight years and three
NASA programs — Mercury, Gemini and Apollo – but the United States got to the
moon,” per NASA.



“Join Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as
we honor six decades of NASA’s leadership in space sciences and discovery!” the
KSC visitor complex said in a statement.



Entrance to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, FL,
backdropped by the world famous Rocket Garden on Oct 1, 2018 marking the 60th
anniversary of NASA’s establishment. Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

“In 1958, Present Dwight D. Eisenhower signed
the legislation that launched the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) and the agency opened for business on October 1, 1958. Our mission at
the visitor complex is to inspire minds through memorable space experiences.
Here, you will learn about the past, present and future of NASA and America’s
multi-user spaceport.”



This video highlights 60 Years of NASA in 60 Seconds:
Video Caption: NASA:
60 Years in 60 Seconds
“Over six incredible decades we have brought the world an
amazing number of bold missions in science, aviation and human exploration,”
says NASA Administrator Bridenstine. 
“We celebrate our legacy today with great promise and
a direction from the president to return to the moon and go on to Mars.”
To that end NASA is developing the worlds most powerful
rocket named the Space Launch System and the Orion deep space crew capsules for
astronaut journeys to the Moon, Mars and beyond.  



Mobile Launcher for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) mega
rocket and Orion deep space crew capsule enter the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building
(VAB) for the 1st time in Sept. 2018. Credit:
Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

“NASA has never failed to raised the bar of human potential
or blaze a trail into the future. And we are still doing it!”

“We celebrate our legacy today with great promise and a
strong direction from the President [Trump] to return to the Moon and go on to
Mars.”
“America will continue to lead in space. We will reach new
milestones that change the world. And we will inspire the next generation to
build on our legacy.”
NASA’s Celebrates 60th
birthday and 60 years of Exploration and Discovery on Oct 1, 2018.  The new NASA sphere at Kennedy Space Center
Visitor Complex entranceway is bracketed by President Kennedy who set us on the
path to “Land a Man on the Moon” and NASA’s Space Shuttle that
orbited the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station – both
functioning today.
Credit: Ken
Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Watch
for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed
Martin, Northrup Grumman (Orbital ATK) and more space and mission reports
direct from the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.

Stay tuned here for Ken’s continuing Earth and Planetary science and human
spaceflight news: www.kenkremer.com
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Dr.
Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area.
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Mobile Launcher for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) mega
rocket and Orion deep space crew capsule enter the iconic Vehicle Assembly Building
(VAB) for the 1st time in Sept. 2018. Credit:
Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/spaceupclose.com

Ken Kremer

Ken Kremer

Watch for Ken’s continuing onsite coverage of NASA, SpaceX, ULA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and more space and mission reports direct from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. Stay tuned here for Ken's continuing Earth and Planetary science and human spaceflight news. Dr. Kremer is a research scientist and journalist based in the KSC area, active in outreach and interviewed regularly on TV and radio about space topics. Ken’s photos are for sale and he is available for lectures and outreach events.

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