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Celebrating NASA's 60th Birthday

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VESTAL, N.Y. -

Local space enthusiasts celebrated a special birthday Friday. 

Founded in 1958, NASA turns 60 years old this year. Dozens honored the agency by attending a celebration at the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center.

The celebration was hosted by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Tish Bresee. Guests gathered in the Space Science Lab where they got to see some of NASA’s best space images. They also remembered the legacy of NASA first “teacher in space” Christa McAuliffe, who was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. 

“The amazing thrill of going out into space is something that we hope the children of this area will someday find out.”
 — Tish Bresee, NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador at Kopernik Observatory & Science Center

Bresee acquainted guests with a new NASA program designed to continue McAuliffe’s legacy of teaching. NASA and the Challenger Center have put together lessons created by McAuliffe for astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station. These lessons will then be filmed in space, continuing presence of astronaut educations in orbit.