The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the government department responsible for the United States of America's space program.
NASA's predecessor was the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), which was formed after World War I to promote aeronautical research and development in the United States. In 1959, the department was reorganized and given control of the space program, which had previously been undertaken separately by different branches of the military.
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There are 12 NASA field installations:
- John F. Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
- Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
- Hugh L. Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, Calif.
- Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
- Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas.
- Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
- Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio.
- George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
- Michoud Assembly Facility, New Orleans, La.
- John C. Stennis Space Center, Bay St. Louis, Miss.
- Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island,Va.