NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This is a federal agency of the United States, which was created in 1958 to help the country explore space. NASA is involved in a variety of missions like satellites, human space flight, and robotics. The main headquarters are located at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama with other facilities in Washington DC, Houston, Florida and California.
The first launch took place on October 1st, 1958 with the unmanned satellite Explorer 1 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Merritt Island
What Does NASA Do?
NASA conducts research into space exploration and space science. It has also developed numerous technologies that have been successfully used in many different sectors of society.
At present, NASA is working on the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, called the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope will be more powerful and sensitive than any other previous telescope and will be able to collect light from some of the earliest galaxies.