By Joe Kerwin We who were not test pilots were delighted when NASA announced it was going to hire scientist-astronauts, that is, people with PhD or MD degrees that might prove useful in space flight. We didn’t think too much about what NASA’s plans were in detail. We just went for it.
NASA Celebrates Fifty Years Join NASA in celebrating its fiftieth anniversary by reviewing exciting discoveries and images from past missions, watching special lectures from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin and Dr. Stephen Hawking, or visiting interactive Web features that walk you through each decade since the Agency’s inception.
By Carol Anne Dunn Outside NASA’s scientific community, NASA’s Inventions and Contributions Board (ICB) and its Space Act Awards Program are practically unknown, yet its history is a microcosm of NASA’s history, and it has been an important factor in NASA’s extensive technological achievements.
By Steven J. Dick NASA’s founding document, the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, specifically charged the new agency with eight objectives, including “the establishment of long-range studies of the potential benefits to be gained from, the opportunities for, and the problems involved in the utilization of aeronautical and space activities for peaceful […]