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It was an age of curiosity — the continents had all been found; the miles had all been sought; and Earth seemed far less impressive than the previous centuries had claimed it to be (with explorers afraid to travel to its edges, certain they would tumble into oblivion). Land no longer held a fascination for the masses. The sun instead appealed, and men looked to the sky for answers to their many questions.
The year was 1958 and space was deemed a challenge to be conquered.
Such a challenge — of course — demanded action; and July 29 saw the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Act.
Explained simply, the National Aeronautics and Space Act sought to redefine the terms of exploration. Until this time the military controlled all operations regarding the planets; but their influence was too limiting, seeking only ways to develop combat technology (which was deemed far less beneficial to the quest for galaxies). Change had to occur — and it did.
Through the passing of this stature (signed without hesitation by President Eisenhower) separate funding was offered to the cause of the universe; and from this funding rose the beginnings of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: more commonly called NASA. This sparked the creation of new programs — all with the intention of developing ways to enter the atmosphere and discover what waited beyond.
That intention succeeded: in 1969 man walked on the moon.
Since then the efforts of the National Aeronautics and Space Act have resulted in technological advancements and planetary achievements. These are poised to continue in the years to come.