NASA before PowerPoint?

Claim: this is a photo of  NASA before PowerPoint in 1961


Photo credit: LIFE Picture Collection / Getty Images

The claim is false: this staged photograph was actually taken in October 1957. NASA was established on July 29, 1958 when president Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act.

Getty Images caption: Six unidentified scientists uses a ladders and a large chalk board to work out equations for satellite orbits at Systems Labs, California, 1957.

According to several sources, this photo was taken just six days after the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik 1.

Here is another photograph of the six unidentified scientists:


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