FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL
July 29, 1958, the US Congress passed legislation establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the space race began in earnest.
Originally only about 80 people worked for NASA, mainly on rockets.
The next step was Project Mercury which aimed to establish that humans could survive in space, culminating in John Glenn orbiting the earth in Friendship 7.
After that the goal was to reach the moon, which would require teams of astronauts being in orbit together and creation of a ship capable of landing on the moon.
Today more than 17,000 people work for NASA, and the US has astronauts living on the International Space Station.
The next goal for NASA is to send American astronauts to the moon again by 2024.
Here is a far-out map of the heavens as seen from the northern hemisphere by Cellarius from 1661.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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