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NASA logoThe administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Sean O'Keefe, is one of the six members who serve on the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. NASA, by supporting the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission in observing the centennial of flight anniversary, will carry out the element of its mission "to inspire the next generation of explorers." In addition, NASA Headquarters and the nine NASA Field Centers located across the nation are planning education-based activities to celebrate the Centennial. NASA also offers a variety of educational resources for all ages on their Web site.

The guiding principles for U.S. exploration of air and space have remained remarkably consistent for more than 80 years. In 1915, when aviation was still in its infancy, Congress created an organization that would "supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight, with a view to their practical solutions." That organization, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, evolved into NASA in 1958 when Congress formed a civilian agency to lead "the expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space."


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