What Is NASA?


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NASA is the acronym for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It was founded by the U.S. government in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower and grew out of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. It deals primarily with aviation and space.

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What Is NASA?
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NASA is best known for its space programs, including the Apollo missions, the moon landing, the Voyager missions and the probe missions to Mars. It is also responsible for working with other countries' space organizations to send people to the International Space Station. Its employees include scientists and astronauts. NASA offers educational resources for students and the public, including images and information on the solar system.

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