On October 1, 1958 the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was founded.
On October 4, 1957 the first Artificial Satellite Sputnik launched.
On this day Scott Bakula was born. In sci-fi he is known for his role as Star Trek Enterprise's Jonathan Archer and Quantum Leap’s Sam Beckett.
On November 3, 1957 a dog named Laika become the first Live Animal in Space.
On November 20, 1984 SETI Institute was founded.