The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, is the United States's space program. It has been the world's leader space exploration program for years.



Founded in 1958 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, NASA aimed for the moon by the close of the 1960's. After sending the Mercury Project and Gemini Project, NASA sent astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who reached their destination on July 20, 1969, 1969.


Because of the cost to send spacecraft into space, NASA finally completed the first space shuttle in 1981.


In 1997, NASA launched the Mars Pathfinder probe. NASA launched the Terra Project in 1999.


In 2000, the International Space Station had its first long-term residents. The Mars Exploration Rovers have been Exploring Mars since 2004. The Cassini Project probe has given us much more understanding about Saturn.


NASA is headed by Charles F. Bolden, Jr as the NASA administrator and Lori B. Garver as the NASA deputy administrator.


The NASA Headquarters, located in Washington, DC, is the base for NASA. Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida is where spaceships leave for space. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas is the control center. They also have facilities in various cities, mostly in California, Mississippi, Ohio, and Virginia.