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Today in History: NASA is born and Vincent Van Gogh dies

NASA has been killing it lately. Did you see their incredible up-close images from the fly-by of Pluto last week? The space pyramid they found last month? Or the bizzaro monkey robot made by their jet propulsion lab?

Just their Instagram account is worth hours of ogling at the universe. On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded under President John F. Kennedy, mainly to compete with the Soviets who launched a satellite the year before.

To bring things back down to earth a little, it’s also 125 years to the day since painter Vincent Van Gogh died of suicide in a wheat field.

Find out more about that and the strange, amazing things NASA has been up to since the fifties in Today in History, and watch other days in history at Timeline.

Today in History: NASA is born and Vincent Van Gogh dies

NASA has been killing it lately. Did you see their incredible up-close images from the fly-by of Pluto last week? The space pyramid they found last month? Or the bizzaro monkey robot made by their jet propulsion lab?

Just their Instagram account is worth hours of ogling at the universe. On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded under President John F. Kennedy, mainly to compete with the Soviets who launched a satellite the year before.

To bring things back down to earth a little, it’s also 125 years to the day since painter Vincent Van Gogh died of suicide in a wheat field.

Find out more about that and the strange, amazing things NASA has been up to since the fifties in Today in History, and watch other days in history at Timeline.

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