On July 29, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the legislation creating NASA. Since then, the agency has seen triumph and heartbreak, accomplishment and tragedy. It has extend the human view of the universe in ways once thought impossible and put human footprints on the Moon.
Here's wishing the men and women of NASA another 50 years of great explorations.
Footnote: NASA has no budget for FY2009 and not much chance of getting one. It will likely have to limp on with one of those flat-funding monstrosities Congress calls a Continuing Resolution. And legislation reauthorizing the agency and renewing its charter for the next half-century is crawling through Congress. And yet, NASA carries on, thanks to the dedication of its people. We owe them better.