NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Nasa Today

Nasa's main purpose is to reach new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. Today Nasa is building an extremely advanced and complex spacecraft called Orion. This spacecraft will bring four astronauts far past the moon, and hopefully to Mars. The New Horizons spacecraft is nearing Pluto and will be there July 2015. Another spacecraft called Juno is scheduled to reach Jupiter in June 2016. All of these new things will help us learn more about other planets.
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History of NASA.

The NASA organization started running on October 1, 1958. The need for a space program started in the fifties. The U S of A was in a space race with the Russians. Russia launched the Sputniks, and NASA was created in response. The president at this time was Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is the founder of NASA.
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Head of NASA

Head of department: Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr.


Charles F. Bolden, Jr. was appointed for this position because of his past experiences in the armed forces and working in NASA’s offices. He spent time in orbit between 1986 to 1994 completing four missions. These missions included him commanding two of the missions and piloting the other two. He was also deployed to the Hubble Space Telescope and worked in conjunction with the Russian space program, with help from a Russian cosmonaut.


As the head of NASA, Charles leads his NASA team to advance the goals and missions of the space program. He has produced new ways to expand into space by creating new technology like a new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. These new spacecrafts will help astronauts explore new places like Mars.

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Current Issues

  • NASA is looking for visionary concepts that have the potential to enable new missions or significantly improve current approaches to achieve aerospace objectives.
  • This second call for proposals follows last summer's inaugural selection of Phase I concepts, which are now under study. Due to the tremendous response and large number of submissions received from last year's NIAC call for proposals, this year's Phase I solicitation will incorporate a two-step process.
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NASA's Budget

The NASA’s budget for this year is around $17.5 billion dollars. The budget ensures that the space program can fund future programs to help explore deeper space.



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ORION Successful Test Rocket Launch - VIDEO HD NASA's Orion Spacecraft takes off 12-05-2014