Which President created NASA?

Answer: President Dwight Eisenhower

President Dwight Eisenhower created NASA, or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in 1958 in response to advances made by the Soviet Union, specifically their success at launching an artificial Satelite into space on October 4th, 1957. The "Sputnik crisis" as it was referred to was considered a threat to the nation's national security and an embarrassment to the technological wherewithal of the United States. 

As early as 1946, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) had been experimenting with rocket planes in an effort to launch its own satellite, but sadly, the Russians beat the United States to the punch. Ultimately, On July 29, 1958, Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASA. The new scientific body began operations on October 1, 1958, at which point NASA absorbed the 43-year-old NACA, its 8,000 employees, an annual budget of US$100 million, three major research laboratories (Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, Ames Aeronautical Laboratory, and Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory) and two small test facilities.

Later on, President John F. Kennedy gave NASA the goal of sending a man to the moon by the end of the 1960s. On July 20, 1969, the first men walked on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission.

  William H. Pickering , (center) JPL Director, President  John F. Kennedy , (right). NASA Administrator  James E. Webb  (background) discussing the  Mariner program , with a model presented.

William H. Pickering, (center) JPL Director, President John F. Kennedy, (right). NASA Administrator James E. Webb (background) discussing the Mariner program, with a model presented.

Sources: Wiki / US News

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