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Anniversaries

Apollo 40th Anniversary web site celebrates the many accomplishments of the Apollo Program.

NASA's 45th Anniversary: On October 1, 1958 NASA began operations.  This page is a celebration of NASA's 45th anniversary in 2003.  It contains links to photos, videos, documents, publications, biographies, and other information about the formation of NASA and its 45 years of activities.  There are also links to a basic fact sheet on NASA history and a chronology of defining events for NASA. We also have a similar site for NASA's 40th Anniversary in 1998 and a new one for NASA's 50th anniversary.

NACA's 90th Anniversary: Founded in 1915, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) pushed the boundaries of the emerging aeronautics and astronautics fields. NASA succeeded the organization in 1958. This website commemorates that 90th anniversary of NACA's foundation in 2005.

Anniversary of the Mercury-Atlas 6 (Friendship 7) Mission: John H. Glenn, Jr. became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962.

Anniversary of STS-1: On April 12, 1981, the first Space Shuttle mission blasted into orbit with astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen aboard. This site commemorates the 25th anniversary of this historic achievement, with a history, chronology, photos, and other useful resources.

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project: Prepared for the 30th anniversary of the historic link-up in space that took place in July 1975, this site commemorates the first human spaceflight mission managed jointly by two nations.

Anniversary of Apollo 11: This site includes a variety of newly available information such as interviews with the three crew members and interesting historical documents.

Anniversary of the Mercury Seven: On April 9th, 1959, NASA announced the Mercury Seven's formation.; These pages contain biographies, documents, pictures and other items of interest about the formation of the first group of American astronauts, Scott Carpenter, L. Gordon Cooper, Jr., John Glenn, Jr., Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Jr., Alan Shepard, Jr., and Donald "Deke" Slayton.

X-1 Anniversary: On October 14, 1947, the X-1 airplane broke the sound barrier.  This site celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of that historic flight, including photos, reports, biographies, and much more.

Sputnik Anniversary : On October 4, 1957. the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I, the world's first artificial satellite. This site is devoted to the history and ramifications of Sputnik.  It includes information explaining the larger context of the International Geophysical Year, the first Explorer spacecraft, the Vanguard program, and the birth of NASA.

Apollo 204 (Apollo 1): On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the Apollo program.  A flash fire occurred in the command module during a launch pad test, killing astronauts Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, Lt. Col. Edward H. White, and Roger B. Chaffee.  This page is dedicated to the remembrance of the tragedy and the lives it claimed.

Challenger/STS-51L: On January 28, 1986, space shuttle Challenger was launched with a crew of seven astronauts. Tragically, 73 seconds after lift-off, the space craft exploded, killing its entire crew. This page, published on the tenth anniversary of the accident, contains NASA administrator reports and speeches as well as biographical and technical information about the tragedy.

Remembering Columbia STS-107: On February 1, 2003, space shuttle Columbia and its seven member crew were lost during reentry following a sixteen-day mission. This is a comprehensive site containing information about the STS-107 mission, accident, recovery efforts, and investigation. The site contains numerous documents and images, including information from the former Columbia Accident Investigation Board Website.

Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator

For further information email histinfo@hq.nasa.gov

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