NASA Overview

A complete overview of NASA, including launch stats, launch vehicles and launch locations.

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Basic Info

Name

NASA logo

NASA

Type

Government

Country

United States

Founded

1958

Administrator / CEO

Administrator: Bill Nelson

Launch Stats

First Launch

6 Dec 1958

Last Launch

16 Nov 2022

Successful Launches

115

Failed Launches

20

Upcoming Launches

6

Successful Landings

0

Failed Landings

0

NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government responsible for the nation's civilian space program and for aeronautics and aerospace research. Established in 1958, NASA was formed to give U.S. space efforts a distinctly civilian orientation, emphasizing peaceful applications in space science. It has led major American space exploration efforts, including the Apollo Moon landing missions, the Skylab space station, and the Space Shuttle program. NASA currently supports the International Space Station, oversees the development of the Orion spacecraft, the Space Launch System, and manages numerous scientific research projects and uncrewed space missions. NASA's focus encompasses understanding Earth, exploring the Solar System, and researching astrophysics topics such as the Big Bang.

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Launch Sites used by NASA

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station launch site

Historic U.S. military rocket launch site, pivotal in space exploration and national security.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 961 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center launch site

NASA's primary launch site for human spaceflight, housing iconic facilities and a rich space history.

📍 FL, United States
🚀 238 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Vandenberg SFB

Vandenberg SFB launch site

U.S. Space Force facility in California for spacecraft launches and missile testing.

📍 CA, United States
🚀 778 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Wallops Island

Wallops Island launch site

NASA rocket launch site for science and exploration missions, established in 1945 in Virginia.

📍 VA, United States
🚀 84 Launches

Upcoming Launches

Broglio Space Center

Broglio Space Center launch site
📍 Kenya
🚀 9 Launches

Upcoming Launches

White Sands Missile Range

White Sands Missile Range launch site
📍 NM, United States
🚀 5 Launches

Upcoming Launches