From the earth and beyond: NASA
Standfirst: US space agency celebrates 58 years of space exploration.
Since its establishment on 29 July 1958, US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. At launch control of the Saturn I SA-6 launch on 28 May 1964. German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun is at centre. He developed the rockets that launched America’s first space satellite and first series of moon missions. NASA has called him the “Father of Rocket Science”. Astronaut Ed White performs the first American spacewalk during Gemini IV on June 1965. Neil Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first man to walk on the moon. He was pictured in an early Gemini spacesuit. The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew (from left to right) Neil Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot and Edwin Aldrin Jr, lunar module pilot, in May 1969. Buzz Aldrin during Apollo 11’s first moon landing mission in 1969. The Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on 16 November 2009 at the Kennedy Space Centre's Shuttle landing facility in Florida. Astronaut Mike Hopkins was photographed performing repairs at the International Space Station on September 2013. Engineers working in a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory installed six wheels on the Mars Curiosity rover on July 9, 2010.