5/28/1959. LBJ Library photo by Frank Muto. L-R: Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Sen. Johnson, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Walter Shirra, Deke Slayton, the original Mercury 7.

October 1, 1958: The Creation of NASA

Sep 27, 2013

On Nov. 25, 1957 Senator Lyndon B. Johnson began hearings on American space and missile activities in the Preparedness Investigating Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee. This led on Feb. 6, 1958 to the establishment of a Senate Special Committee on Space and Aeronautics, with the goal of establishing a space agency, and Senator Johnson as its chairman.

NASA formally opened for business on Oct. 1, 1958.