The Space Age is far from over — for a new generation, in fact, it has just begun. In a span of just 50 years, the U.S. remains the only nation to put a zman on the moon and is well on its way to enabling travel to Mars. With historic accomplishments by NASA and, more recently, SpaceX, our ventures into space have spurred some of the greatest innovations in science and technology that the world has ever seen.
NASA was created by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958, when tensions were high between the United States and the Soviet Union. Motivated by the pressures of the space race, NASA’s goals were to expand human knowledge of space, develop vehicles capable of space travel, and forge the nation’s role as a world leader in space science and technology.