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What does NASA Stand For?

Do you know what does NASA stand for? If no, then you need to read this article. There are many other websites that will give you the information as well, but then, here you have the benefit of my quick wit and personal wisdom. Just kidding. Read on!
NASA - for many people, NASA is the miracle place that can prove that the universe is within our reach. For others, it is pride of the world's best minds, working on the most elite work. For a few intelligent ones, NASA stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration. But then again, just the full form of the abbreviation was not all you were looking for, was it? Let's pry into it further, shall we!

What does NASA Represent?
Ok, definitively speaking, NASA is an agency of the United States government, responsible for the nation's public space program. NASA was established by the National Aeronautics and Space Action July 29, 1958, replacing its predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). It came into existence on October 1st, 1958. One will find the NASA mission statement very apt for what it does, "To improve life here, To extend life to there, To find life beyond."

NASA has its headquarters in Washington DC, United States of America. However, it has its centers and facilities in about 14 locations in the country. Namely
  • Moffett Field, California
  • Edwards, California
  • Pasadena, California
  • Las Cruces, New Mexico
  • Houston, Texas
  • Hancock County, Mississippi
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Merritt Island, Florida
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • University Dr Fairmont, West Virginia
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Virginia
  • New York, New York
Not all the centers and facilities allow visitors. Some require special permission, whereas some only accept visitors via certain agents.

What purpose does it serve?
NASA is head by the President of the United States of America. This is mostly, that reason why many would say that the President of the USA is the most powerful man on Earth. NASA is a collection of the brightest, sharpest and the best minds all over the world. It is mostly the subject in most Roland Emmerich movies. The NASA mission fits it to perfection, "NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."

NASA's mission clearly reflects its purpose. It believes in innovation in invention and is out to, literally, open up the world to us. One cannot deny that ground shattering landmark events that NASA has made possible. From stepping on the moon to several more missions that NASA has completed and is in the process of completing, it is simply bringing out excellence in science to perfection.

What is it responsible for?
The NASA vision is just the way one would imagine it to be, "To understand and protect our home planet, To explore the Universe and search for life, and To inspire the next generation of explorers... as only NASA can". There are several missions that NASA is undergoing. They are not only to prove our race to be the most intelligent and progressive one, but also to make life easier for us. It is believed that NASA is on the lookout for an extension to our planet.

No jokes. With the increasing populations and depleting ozone layer, it is no surprise that there will be a time (in the not so distant future), when survival will be difficult on earth. While I don't think that the world will end in 2012, I am quite sure that it will end someday. NASA, in short, is preparing for that day. Missions like Apollo and Hubble have made it very clear that they will be successful in the task that they have taken onto themselves.

As it must be amply clear by now, yes, I am a NASA fan. Why should I not be? If you find a reason, you tell me about it! This is where I sign off!! Space out!!
By Rashida Khilawala
Published: 1/11/2010
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