Today is the 60th anniversary of the founding of NASA. On July 29, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Act was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Ranking Member Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) statement is below.

“Just 60 years ago, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law. Today, and every day, we celebrate this turning point in our nation’s history. At a time when our place in space was unknown, Congress brought forth this monumental act establishing NASA and made the United States’ commitment to discovery and exploration clear. One of the original objectives listed in the National Aeronautics and Space Act is ‘the expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space.’ The great minds at NASA do an incredible job upholding this objective, from putting humans on the moon to studying exoplanets in far-away galaxies to exploring our own solar system to helping us understand our own planet. The discoveries have been incredible and seemingly endless. I am excited to see what new heights they enable us to reach next.”