Happy Birthday, NASA! A Space Exploration Tribute in 55 Iconic Images
Fifty-five years ago today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration began operations as a pioneering force in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. Although the agency's space shuttle program was officially shut down in 2011 after 30 years of human spaceflight, NASA continues to send spacecraft into orbit and develop technology for future human exploration of the solar system.
Commercial access to low-Earth orbit, capturing an asteroid, and sending humans to Mars are just some of the administration's future ambitions. We'd like to celebrate NASA's robust history of adventure and innovation with 55 of its most iconic space images.