President Dwight D. Eisenhower Essay

1301 Words Jan 19th, 2015 6 Pages
In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an act that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in response to the Soviet Unions launch of it’s first satellite, Sputnik I. From that day year forward, NASA began working on missions and took man where they have never been before. In the recent years, they have also began missions that will be able to get humans to other planets. They will continue to work on these missions and get man to where they have never been before in the future. In 1957 the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, Sputnik I, into orbit marking the start of the space race. NASA was then created and began working on space exploration missions. On May 25, 1961, President John F Kennedy presented NASA a historic mission, to put a man on the moon and bring his back safely before the end of the decade. NASA spent eight years on a mission that would be able to take man to the moon. On July 16, 1969 the Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Allen Collins. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin entered lunar orbit the next day and spent three days on lunar surface collecting artifacts, taking pictures, and planted a U.S. flag. As Armstrong took his first step on to the moon’s powdery surface he spoke his famous quote “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”(Armstrong, NP) On July 22, it began its journey home and safely splashed down in…

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