Dwight D. Eisenhower, official photo portrait, May 29, 1959

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States (in office 1953 - 1961)

The Space policy of the United States began under the Dwight D Eisenhower administration.

NASA foundedEdit

In 1958, Eisenhower asked Congress to create an agency for civilian control of non-military space activities. At the suggestion of Eisenhower's science advisor James R. Killian, the drafted bill called for creation of the new agency out of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. The result was the National Aeronautics and Space Act passed in July 1958, which created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Eisenhower appointed T. Keith Glennan as NASA's first Administrator, with the last NACA Director Hugh Dryden serving as his Deputy.


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