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Space Travel

You might be surprised to learn that while the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) earned much acclaim for the program that sent the first man to the Moon, most of the assets, technology, and research used to build the Saturn V rocket that launched him there were developed by the United States Army. Indeed, the Army Space Program was responsible for virtually all of NASA’s early successes. The public space agency incorporated all of the Army’s space resources—including materials, facilities and staff—when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 to emphasize civilian and scientific, rather than military, interests in space flight.

  • Apollo 11 leaves Earth aboard the Saturn V.