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Space History Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt at Langley 1940

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Many VIPs visited the NACA facilities, President Roosevelt included. (Image credit: NACA)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Langley Field on July 29, 1940. President Roosevelt sits in a car inside a NACA hangar, two unidentified men stand behind the car, and the wing of a plane is visible in the background.

The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the U.S. government agency in charge of the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.