It seems like they’ve been here forever, but with the Russian launch of Sputnik in 1957, American scientists stepped up their game and then responded to JFK’s challenge to put a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s. They responded in kind with some of science’s most advanced developments over the past 50 years. It’s not been with their ups and downs, however, we will always have the Hubble Telescope, Tang, Space Camp and freeze dried ice cream you can buy at science museum gift shops. Hopefully, we can return to the glories of NASA, or at least return them to importance by making science research and education a priority in this country. Wired has an appreciation of the space agency.