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The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 challenged our Nation to grow our technical and scientific abilities in air and space. Since the 1970s, numerous economic reports and articles have demonstrated that NASA investments help grow the US economy. Perhaps most importantly NASA-funded R&D helped stimulate our long-term capacity for innovation and economic growth within the government, at universities, and at industrial companies. The disciplines advanced are many – including earth and space science, materials, computing and electronics, fuels, radio communications, safety, and even human health.
NASA advances the Nation’s space exploration, technology development, and scientific research endeavors, providing a scientific infrastructure that enables exploration today, tomorrow, and generations from now.