About NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency was to have a distinctly civilian orientation, encouraging peaceful applications in space science.

  • Apollo 8

    Apollo 8

    NASA's 1st Flight to Moon, Apollo 8, marked their 50th Anniversary in 2018.

  • Armageddon


    As part of its staff training, NASA will show the movie Armageddon and asks the trainees to identify as many scientific inaccuracies as they can.

  • Powerful toaster

    Powerful toaster

    The toaster in your kitchen contains a more powerful computer than the one used by NASA to send astronauts to the moon. It only has 64Kbyte of memory and operated at 0.043MHz.

  • Florida


    Cape Canaveral in Florida was chosen as a launch site because its proximity to the equator gives it more linear velocity than any other location in the United States.

  • Astronaut


    To be officially considered an astronaut by NASA you must travel at least 50 miles above the surface of the Earth.

  • 2030


    NASA's goal is to have humans on Mars by some point in the 2030s.