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Sending Americans into Space - 1

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Bill to Establish the National...
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Bill to Establish the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, June 16, 1958

The Soviet Union’s launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1, spurred Congress to establish committees with jurisdiction over space exploration. Committees in both houses crafted legislation that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law on July 29, 1958.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration