by Gerald Boerner
This is a companion post to the main posting today about NASA. NASA was the governmental agency that put all space programs under one non-military agency. During its first dozen years it guided our nations space program through both unmanned space probes in addition to the more headline-catching manned space programs.
In this posting, we examine the long and noteworthy series of space probes that have extended our knowledge of both our own solar system as well as the universe in general. In addition to the specific knowledge we gathered from these programs, we also have seen contributions to our general society that are almost too numerous to count.
We hope that you enjoy these postings. As Mr. Spoke would say, “Live Long and Prosper”. GLB
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“NASA wanted to assure its ability to examine the spacecraft in orbit for signs of damage.”
— Marc Garneau
“We’d never have got a chance to go outside and look at the earth if it hadn’t been for space exploration and NASA.”
— James Lovelock
“At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military.”
— Wally Schirra
“NASA was going to pick a public school teacher to go into space, observe and make a journal about the space flight, and I am a teacher who always dreamed of going up into space.”
— Christa McAuliffe