Trivia: NASA officially begins operations

Over half a century ago, America’s space agency opened its doors for the first time. We are remembering this historic milestone with some tough trivia questions to test your NASA knowledge!

What historic event spurred the United States to create a new space agency?

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The launch of Sputnik 1 by the Soviet Union spurred America into action with the creation of a new space agency to keep apace of the Soviets in the space race.

What Act of Congress established NASA?

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The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 established NASA, a new American space agency.

Who was the President at the time the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 was signed?

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On July 29, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, thereby establishing a new space agency, NASA.

What does the acronym "NASA" stand for?

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The newly created space agency was named the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA.

What earlier agency had its 8,000 employees, $100 million budget, and three major research facilities absorbed into NASA?

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The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, was absorbed by America's new space agency, including its 8,000 employees, $100 million budget, and three major research facilities.

When did NASA officially open its doors?

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NASA officially opened its doors on Oct. 1, 1958.

Who was the first NASA Administrator?

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On Aug. 19, 1958, T. Keith Glennan was sworn in by President Eisenhower as NASA's first-ever Administrator.

Who was NASA's first Deputy Administrator?

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On Aug. 19, 1958, Hugh Dryden was sworn in by President Eisenhower as NASA's first-ever Deputy Administrator.

Which of the following was a guiding principle of NASA?

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The expansion of human knowledge, preservation of America's lead role in space exploration, and peace on Earth and off, all are guiding principles included in NASA's eight main objectives established in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958. The Act was eventually amended in 2012 to include a ninth objective, which focused on the need for America to maintain a prominent role in space through research and technology development.

What was NASA's first launch to be conducted after opening its doors?

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Just 10 days after opening its doors, NASA conducted its first launch, Pioneer 1!

What was NASA’s first human space program?

Mercury Project
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NASA's first human spaceflight program was Project Mercury, which sought to orbit an astronaut in space, study how humans function in microgravity, and safely return home the "Mercury 7", America's first astronauts.

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