U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower requests $125 million to initiate NASA, whose creation he had authorized the day before.
Designed by Scaled Composites and built by Boeing, the eventual carrier plane for the X Prize winning SpaceShipOne, White Knight makes its first flight.
Leonid Sedov, a Soviet scientist, announces his country’s plan to launch the world’s first
Earth-orbiting satellite. The Soviet announcement comes three days after a similar announcement by the United States
NASA’s Messenger spacecraft
launches toward Mercury. It
is scheduled to arrive
in early 2008, and will
be the first spacecraft since Mariner 10 in the mid-1970s to take close-up photographs of Mercury while orbiting the planet
The first ground test of S-IC stage,
Saturn 5’s booster
is conducted at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.