100 years ago today, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) was founded in the USA. It started with a budget of $5,000 dollars per year and a dozen unpaid staff. Later it became NASA, once aeronautics could reasonably embrace space travel. I bet none of the nine gentlemen on the right dreamt the organisation they'd set up would put a man on the moon in just over 50 years time. There have of course been huge advances in the following 50 years - and yet also not. NB: for 2015, NASA's budget is $18 billion.