Planetary Radio • Oct 05, 2018

Space Policy Edition: How NASA Came to Be

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society

Jason callahan

Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

Happy 60th, NASA. In celebration of the space agency’s birthday, we do the audio equivalent of pulling out NASA’s baby book and explore its origin story. Though legislation creating the space agency developed in the wake of Sputnik, it was built upon a rapidly changing relationship of the government to fundamental research and development in the decade before. We follow the threads of what makes NASA NASA, as well as how, in its early years, NASA looked quite different than the agency we know today. We also discuss the current bill that partially funds the U.S. government and provides temporary funding for NASA and other agencies through December of 2018.

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NASA meatball logo NASA
President Dwight Eisenhower and Dr. T. Keith Glennan
President Dwight Eisenhower and Dr. T. Keith Glennan President Dwight Eisenhower and Dr. T. Keith Glennan, the first head of NASA US National Archives
The 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act
The 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Act US National Archives

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