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Founded on October 1, 1958, Nasa (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is the premier US space agency that has ventured into areas like civilian space programme as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Conducting manned moon missions, sending successful probes to Mars and Pluto and supporting the International Space Station, a habitable satellite in low Earth orbit, are some of the many illustrious feathers in its cap.