Today In History- July 29

Today In History- July 29


The U.S. Congress formally creates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

NASA created as space race intensifies in Cold War.

  • Washington D.C., USA

As the Cold War gained intensity, on July 29, 1958, Congress officially created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to further space research and travel in competition with the Soviet Union.  The early Mercury Program sought to study human spaceflight, and was initially fledgling following the launch of the satellite Sputnik by the Soviet Union.  The technology of the German rocket program, guided by Werner Van Braun, was influential in the introduction and testing of rockets in the space program.

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