Scientific Research

NASA honors former researcher, W&M professor

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as an independent agency of the executive branch of the federal government. It had a distinctly civilian, rather than military orientation.

The mission of NASA was the peaceful applications of science in space. Since its establishment, most U.S. space exploration efforts have been led by NASA. Those included the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and many manned and unmanned spaceflight programs.

During NASA's history, fame and public recognition for achievements went to pioneering astronauts such as John Glenn, Neil...