July 6th, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Glossary: NASA

NASA stands for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and is the American governmental agency responsible for civilian spaceflight, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

The agency was established on July 29, 1958 by the National Aeronautics and Space Act and has since established and supported such programs as Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and the Space Shuttle.

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July 6th, 2011
09:49 AM ET

America's space program, then and now

This month will mark an end to a glorious, sometimes tragic, chapter in U.S. space history.

After 30 years of soaring into space, the shuttle program is preparing to launch into retirement.


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