FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2021-145 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (July 29, 2021) – In Issue 2021-145 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the beginnings of a space program for the United States – NASA.

TO THE MOON AND BEYOND

In 1958 on this day, President Eisenhower signed the legislative act that created NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Created as a response to the Russian’s launch of their Sputnik satellite, NASA’s primary objective was “the expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space”.

The robust space program has landed people on the moon, flown the space shuttle, and built the International Space Station. 

We also need to thank NASA for DustBusters, Tang, camera phones, wireless headsets, and memory-foam mattresses among others.

Here is John Speed’s magnificent world map from 1626.  Celestial views decorate the edges of the map.  You’ll note that California is shown as an island.

World map – 1626 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.