Around 500 men and women have traveled into space. Twelve men have walked on the moon. NASA is now making plans for it's future with a new science-driven agenda. Ed Mayberry has the conclusion of our six-part series on NASA's 50th Anniversary.
As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the agency, known mostly for its triumphs, is also reflecting on its tragedies. Seventeen astronauts have died since 1967 in three different accidents. In the fifth of a six-part KUHF series, Jack Williams spoke with one man who has been at NASA for the past 42 years. He's watched the agency change after each of those mishaps.
Twenty years after Russia put the first man into space, a new type of vehicle was ready for lift-off at Kennedy Space Center. Pat Hernandez says the re-usable shuttle fleet was designed for a hundred trips into space — in part four of our series on NASA's 50th Anniversary.
The space race was over. Russia won. And Americans felt demoralized. But President John F. Kennedy made a radical promise to the nation — within a decade an American astronaut would walk on the moon. Laurie Johnson has this report on the moon landing — in part three of our series on NASA's 50th Anniversary.
NASA is 50 years old this month. The act of Congress that created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration went into effect on October 1st of 1958. In part one of KUHF's special series on the NASA anniversary, Jim Bell looks back at the events that led to the beginning of what we now call "The Space Age".