The NASA Shutdown Of The Space Shuttle Program

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NASA shutdown NASA, once the proud space program of the United States, was shut down on July 20, 2011. The program was established on July 29 of 1958 and closed, and closed a little over fifty years after its creation, as a result of the necessary deep budget cuts imposed by congress. During the years that NASA operated, it accomplished many things. Most of the great things invented during the Cold War were motivated by the strive against the Soviet Union. The United States and the Soviet Union – a communist country at the time - competed on the development of weaponry and technological advances. Starting in the late 1950’s, they entered into space race. President Eisenhower’s main objective when he founded NASA, was to place Americans…show more content…
The very first mission failed and killed the three occupants of the spaceship. After many attempts, Apollo 11 successfully put Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin on the moon on July 20, 1969. NASA reached the moon five more times before the space shuttle program began. The main idea of the space shuttle program was to create reusable spaceships and allow easy flight. The first launch of the space shuttle Columbia was on April 12, 1981. It accomplished 24 flights. On January 28 1986, the Challenger exploded in mid-air, just after 73 seconds of flight. NASA stayed two years without returning to space. This kept spaceships grounded until NASA engineers identified the problem and declared ths shuttles safe to return to…show more content…
NASA has made great technological, scientific, and medical improvements in the past years that benefit us till today. The country has always shown a great interest in knowing what is outside of earth. The fact that the NASA program is closed will keep us from knowing more about space. "Seek and encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the fullest commercial use of space" mandated congress to NASA. It is a great disappointment to many American citizens that NASA is closed. NASA brought pride to our nation. It placed us first on the moon and achieved the challenge of getting there many times after. Every time a spaceship went up in the air, it made us wonder how such a magnificent vehicle can be created. It made us contemplate the amount of work, sweat, and effort put into a spaces shuttle, before the dream came

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