#adayliketoday July 29, 1958: President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the act that will create NASA.

From Ready Set News we will tell you a bit about the formation process of this institution that manages the sky and outer space.


Bell X-1

From 1946, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) had been experimenting with rocket planes such as the supersonic Bell X-1. In the early 1950s, there was challenge to launch an artificial satellite for the International Geophysical Year (1957–58).

Sputnik Crisis

The Sputnik crisis was a period of public fear and anxiety in Western nations about the perceived technological gap between the United States and Soviet Union caused by the Soviets’ launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite.

Sputnik 1

The crisis was a significant event in the Cold War that triggered the creation of NASA and the Space Race between the two superpowers. The satellite was launched on October 4, 1957, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

consecuences: National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 is the United States federal statute that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Act, which followed close on the heels of the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik, was drafted by the United States House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration and on July 29, 1958 was signed by President Eisenhower.

Final Meeting of the NACA: The Act abolished the (NACA), transferring its activities and resources to NASA effective October 1, 1958.

 Prior to enactment, the responsibility for space exploration was deemed primarily a military venture, in line with the Soviet model that had launched the first orbital satellite. In large measure, the Act was prompted by the lack of response by a US military infrastructure that seemed incapable of keeping up the space race.