October 1, 2008
Well, technically NASA is a little older than that, but as they “started business” on October 1, 1958 we’re calling it their fiftieth anniversary. In actuality it was July 29, 1958 that President Eisenhower who signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act which created NASA.
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) basically took over the operations of NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics)to be the “official” agency of exploration of space and aviation. The first administrator of NASA was T. Kenneth Glennan, who served in that capacity from August 19, 1968 until January 20, 1961. The current administrator is Michael Griffin.
It would be hard to list the many varied and vast achievments that have happened over the past fifty years, or the leaps in technology that have been brought to the mainstream populace due to the ingenuity, courage, and intelligence of the people who have worked for NASA over the years. Suffice it to say the world would be a vastly different place without their efforts.
If you head over to the main NASA site, they have a wide variety of images and stories regarding their anniversary.
April 14, 2008
The notice is a little late, but for those of you who might be interested, NASA astronaut David C. Leestma will be speaking on Wednesday evening, April 16th, at the Public Museum in Grand Rapids Michigan.
The Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Association is proud to co-sponsor this special event with Grand Valley State University, the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, and the Roger B. Chaffee Scholarship Fund.
Captain Leestma is currently the Manager of the Advanced Planning Office at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. His position entails heading a team involved in strategy for development and implementation of this country’s most ambitious of all human space programs: return to the moon and an expedition to Mars.
His presentation, “Flying in Space: What It’s Like and What’s Ahead” will include his experiences as a NASA astronaut, his missions, and a look ahead to an exciting future for exploration, as humans progress toward missions throughout the star system.
The presentation begins promptly at 8.00pm. Persons interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. Please mark your calendars and join us for what is sure to be a memorable evening for all.
For more information, please visit this page on the GRAAA site.