From the Atlantic:
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a popular new technology in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a government agency. And this was the problem with space travel.
A Jane Austen reference crossed with astronomy geekery! I was immediately hooked. Alas, the article didn’t continue in quite such a delightful manner, but it was still an interesting read. I had no idea that the agency-that-would-become-NASA might have been put under the aegis of the Atomic Energy Commission. What could possibly have gone wrong with that?