Eisenhower and Von Braun
Dr. Wernher von Braun, Marshall Space Flight Center's first director, points out details on a Saturn rocket to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. President Eisenhower was at Marshall to participate in the center's dedication ceremony, Sept. 8, 1960.
Two years earlier on July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Act (Pub.L. 85-568), the United States federal statute that created NASA.
NASA began operations 50 years ago today on Oct. 1, 1958, with Dr. T. Keith Glennan as NASA's first administrator and Dr. Hugh L. Dryden as deputy administrator.
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