National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)


NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.



To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?



A Little History



President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1958, partially in response to the Soviet Union's launch of the first artificial satellite the previous year. NASA grew out of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), which had been researching flight technology for more than 40 years.



President John F. Kennedy focused NASA and the nation on sending astronauts to the moon by the end of the 1960s. Through the Mercury and Gemini projects, NASA developed the technology and skills it needed for the journey. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of 12 men to walk on the moon, meeting Kennedy's challenge.



Meanwhile, NASA was continuing the aeronautics research pioneered by NACA. It also conducted purely scientific research and worked on developing applications for space technology, combining both pursuits in developing the first weather and communications satellites.



After Apollo, NASA focused on creating a reusable ship to provide regular access to space: the space shuttle. First launched in 1981, the space shuttle has had 120 successful flights. In 2000, the United States and Russia established permanent human presence in space aboard the International Space Station, a multinational project representing the work of 16 nations.



NASA also has continued its&

Documentaries Offered by NASA (30)

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This Year @ NASA (2010) This Year @ NASA (2010) Play Video
NASA Connect: Ancient Observatories - Timeless Knowledge (2005) NASA Connect: Ancient Observatories - Timeless Knowledge (2005) Play Video
X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) (2010) X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV) (2010) Play Video
NASA 360: Archeology and Paleontology (2008) NASA 360: Archeology and Paleontology (2008) Play Video
Orion Spacecraft Updates (2010) Orion Spacecraft Updates (2010) Play Video
NASA STS-132 Mission Footage (2010) NASA STS-132 Mission Footage (2010) Play Video
NASA STS-131 Mission Footage (2010) NASA STS-131 Mission Footage (2010) Play Video
Operation ICE BRIDGE (2009-2010) Operation ICE BRIDGE (2009-2010) Play Video
SDO - Solar Dynamics Observatory Update (2010) SDO - Solar Dynamics Observatory Update (2010) Play Video
This Year @ NASA (2008) This Year @ NASA (2008) Play Video
NASA STS-130 Mission Footage (2010) NASA STS-130 Mission Footage (2010) Play Video
NASA STS-129 Flight Day Highlights (2009) NASA STS-129 Flight Day Highlights (2009) Play Video
NASA STS-129 Mission Footage (2009) NASA STS-129 Mission Footage (2009) Play Video
Ares Project Updates (2006-2010) Ares Project Updates (2006-2010) Play Video
NASA 50th Anniversary Documentary (2008) NASA 50th Anniversary Documentary (2008) Play Video
International Space Station Tour (2009) International Space Station Tour (2009) Play Video
NASA STS-128 Flight Day Highlights (2009) NASA STS-128 Flight Day Highlights (2009) Play Video
NASA STS-128 Mission Footage (2009) NASA STS-128 Mission Footage (2009) Play Video
Apollo 8 Footage (1968) Apollo 8 Footage (1968) Play Video
Apolo 7 (1968) Apolo 7 (1968) Play Video
NASA STS-127 Flight Day Highlights (2009) NASA STS-127 Flight Day Highlights (2009) Play Video
NASA STS-127 Mission Footage (2009) NASA STS-127 Mission Footage (2009) Play Video
Apollo 40th Anniversary Commemoration - Conferences & Videos (2009) Apollo 40th Anniversary Commemoration - Conferences & Videos (2009) Play Video
Apollo 8: Go For Trans Lunar Insertion (1969) Apollo 8: Go For Trans Lunar Insertion (1969) Play Video
Apollo 11, 16mm Onboard Film (1969) Apollo 11, 16mm Onboard Film (1969) Play Video
The Flight of Apollo 11 (1969) The Flight of Apollo 11 (1969) Play Video
Apollo 11 Partially Restored Archives (2009) Apollo 11 Partially Restored Archives (2009) Play Video
Press Conference Astronauts Apollo 11 after Mission (1969) Press Conference Astronauts Apollo 11 after Mission (1969) Play Video
Apollo 11 Footage (1969) Apollo 11 Footage (1969) Play Video
Apollo 7 Footage (1968) Apollo 7 Footage (1968) Play Video
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