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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency within the government of the United States, having a mission to pioneer future space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. It is led by an administrator who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and within Congress the agency reports to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and to the House Committee on Science and Technology. NASA's accomplishments are often in the news; the agency distributes extensive information about its activities to the media and other audiences via its Web site, including press kits and fact sheets; it operates its own cable television channel, NASA TV, in some markets; and it broadcasts NASA news on the full range ...

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