By Matt SpetalnickNASA’s planetary-biology mission has evolved from its beginnings as a simple science mission to its current incarnation as an ambitious international space-exploration effort.
But that evolution doesn’t necessarily reflect the way humans view our place in the universe, say scientists.
Here’s a look at the space agency’s trajectory since its founding in 1959.
(The National Academies’ review will be released in June.)
In the beginningIt was just a spacecraft.
It wasn’t until 1957 that NASA’s moon missions and a small telescope orbiting the Moon became major scientific endeavors.
That same year, NASA announced that it was going to send a spacecraft to study the atmospheres of comets, and the agency needed to find out if those atmospheres were hot enough to support life.
NASA didn’t just want to study a comet.
It wanted to determine if comets could harbor life.
It wasn’t long before NASA became one of the world’s foremost scientific organizations.
The mission’s success eventually led to the formation of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where engineers created a complex rocket that could launch the spacecrafts instruments.
The rocket that launched the Pioneer 1 spacecraft in 1958The Pioneer 1 rocket that took astronauts into space in 1959NASA’s Moon missionsIn 1961, the first moon mission, called Apollo 11, sent two astronauts to the Moon.
By the end of the decade, astronauts had landed on the Moon, and NASA was well on its way to establishing a permanent outpost there.
In 1963, NASA launched the first manned lunar orbiter.
By 1964, the agency launched a second lunar orbiters, which landed on Mars in 1968.
In 1966, NASA sent two spacecraft to the lunar surface, and by 1970, the last spacecraft to land on the moon, the Spirit and Opportunity, had been sent back to Earth.
The two missions were both very successful, leading to an increase in the amount of research and scientific activity that was happening in the space program.
By 1969, NASA was using its space program to explore outer space.
The Apollo program was about the exploration of new planets and deep space, not the exploration and colonization of Earth.
In 1973, the Apollo program sent astronauts to Mercury, Venus, Mars and the moon.
The space shuttle program was an important part of that.
The shuttle was the first vehicle capable of traveling from Earth to a destination outside of Earth’s atmosphere, and it had an incredible payload bay that was larger than the International Space Station.
It was also designed to withstand high temperatures and pressure and to take astronauts on long journeys.
In 1974, the space shuttle crew was sent to the International Astronautical Congress, which was a big deal in the United States.
NASA was looking to build a human spaceflight program to go beyond low-Earth orbit, and a program was born.
The first astronauts on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis flew from Cape Canaveral on July 20, 1975, on a mission that lasted for 10 days.
The crew was on the surface of the Moon for nearly seven hours, and they landed safely.
By the end, the astronauts had flown on to the ISS and completed their five-year mission.
But that was only the beginning.
The Space Shuttle program took the space-shuttle concept and applied it to the exploration space program, the development of space vehicles and, of course, the manned spaceflight.
The Space Shuttle was a huge, heavy rocket that put a lot of people in space, and its crew members had to be able to operate in extreme conditions for years and years.
That meant the Space Program had to constantly change to keep up with the demands of the astronauts and the technology needed to get them safely into space.
In 1975, the Space Race began.
President Gerald Ford, with help from the Republican Party, created the National Space Council to create a roadmap for the future of spaceflight, including how to deal with the need to develop space transportation.
The NSC then set out to determine which technologies would be useful in space.
The Apollo program became the foundation of the Space Exploration Technologies Program, or SpaceX, which began to develop the Dragon spacecraft in the late 1980s.
The Dragon spacecraft is one of NASAs largest launch vehicles.
The Dragon spacecraft and its payload bay, NASA officials told reporters in 2015.NASA has been trying to improve its launch vehicle design over the years, and in 2010, it began using liquid oxygen to increase the speed of the spacecraft.
The agency also developed the first reusable rocket, the Delta IV Heavy, in the mid-2000s.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will launch Dragon in 2019NASA’s space-launched rocket, SpaceX, has already sent several astronauts into orbit and is in the process of sending astronauts to Mars.
The Falcon 9 booster that will be used to launch Dragon is the first of two boosters that will carry astronauts into the upper atmosphere of Mars.
The Falcon 9 has a mass of 1,200 pounds and has a diameter of 391 feet.
The first Falcon 9