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This Day in Texas History: Eisenhower Signs Bill Creating NASA

This Day in Texas History: Eisenhower Signs Bill Creating NASA July 29, 1958 On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in Denison, Texas, signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The national commitment to a broad program of space exploration, including manned space…
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This day in Texas History: First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia

This day in Texas History: First Flight of Space Shuttle Columbia April 12, 1981 Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over Texas on February 1, 2003, flew 28 missions from the beginning of the program until it’s catastrophic destruction. The Space Shuttle Columbia, also known as OV-102 (Orbiter Vehicle-102), was the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Astronaut Killed as Space Shuttle Explodes

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Astronaut Killed as Space Shuttle Explodes January 28, 1986 On this day in 1986, the world watched in horror as the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik. She was the second American woman astronaut and had…
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