Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Morgan Griffith: Happy Birthday to NASA

From U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA-9):

"On July 29, 1958, Congress passed legislation creating the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) which coordinates our nation’s space activities.  Since that time, NASA has been involved in expeditions to learn more about the universe, launched satellites which assist with weather forecasting, global communications, etc., and more.

Space – the final frontier… NASA continues making news and achieving remarkable things to this day.  Its New Horizons spacecraft recently sent to Earth new images of Pluto in the first ever flyby of the dwarf planet.  The space probe was about 3 billion miles from Earth, and came within approximately 7,800 miles of Pluto’s surface.

Further, NASA’s Kepler exoplanet explorer recently discovered a planet in a “habitable zone” (meaning that liquid water could pool on the planet’s surface) around a star, a grouping that resembles Earth’s relationship with the Sun.  NASA scientists are describing this planet, Kepler-452b, as an older, bigger cousin to Earth.

Happy birthday, NASA.  I anticipate many more years of exploration."