Happy (sort of) birthday, NASA! The space agency was created 57 years ago today -- July 29, 1958 -- when President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, allowing for the agency to officially open its doors on Oct. 1.
In the years since, NASA has landed astronauts on the moon and a rover on Mars. More recently, it has gotten up close and personal with Pluto, and even discovered the most Earth-like planet yet outside of our solar system. Of course, the agency has seen its dark days as well, including the space shuttle Challenger tragedy.
What else has happened in the space agency's history? Take a rare look at NASA's rockets, launches, astronauts, and accomplishments in the photos below, curated by the photo agency Getty. Enjoy!