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NASA’s story began on 29 July 1958 when the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, and established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
NASA officially opened its doors in October 1958, after absorbing the NACA, the former National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, an agency founded in 1915 but was later dissolved.
In 1958, NASA had only 8 000 employees and an annual budget of approximately $100 million, compared to the 2019’s budget of $20.7 billion.