Nasa has been responsible for putting the first man on the moon, making fantastic leaps forward in science and is planning to visit an asteroid as old as our solar system in 2018.

Nasa itself stands for National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the organisation was created in 1958 as part of the United States government.

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What does Nasa do?

Nasa is responsible for the US science and technology that has to do, not only with space, but also with airlines.

This means Nasa makes satellites, sends probes out to space, explores the solar system

Nasa was created after Russia had launched its first satellite

Nasa became operational on October 1, 1958. However, a year earlier the Soviets had already launched Sputnik 1, the world’s first satellite.  

What’s Nasa's longest operating spacecraft?

In deep space, 13 billion miles away from us, Voyager 1 and 2 are still going strong at 40 years old.

An incredible 1,284 planets were discovered by one Nasa satellite

The planet hunting Kepler Space Observatory verified the huge number of new planets in 2016.

Nasa found a solar system with as many planets as our own


Using Kepler alongside machine learning from Google, Nasa discovered a solar system with as many planets as our own last year.

The incredible technology in the telescope finds planets by observing the minuscule change in brightness that happens when a planet passes a star. A computer was then trained on how to identify planets using that data.

Nasa's picture of the day

One great initiative that Nasa does is its Picture of the Day series - where a different astronomy snap is selected each day with an explanation by an expert.

To find out more go to and discover more about the Cosmos. 

Nasa’s 2018 to-do list

2018 marks the 18th consecutive year that Nasa and its astronauts have been living and working in space – including a memorable pizza delivery to the International Space Station.

The company have big plans for the year, watch the short video above to find out.

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