NASA's 60th Anniversary: 60 Years of Innovation in 60 Seconds

This October, 2018, NASA is celebrating six decades of exploration, innovation, and scientific discoveries - making great advances in aviation and helping to develop a commercial space industry. Congress passed the National Aeronautics and Space Act on July 16, 1958, and President Eisenhower signed it into law on July 29, 1958. NASA opened for business on October 1, 1958, with T. Keith Glennan as the agency's first administrator. Read an in-depth overview, from the agency's beginnings to its spinoff technologies to what the future holds, at NASA .