National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, Pub. L. No. 85-568, 72 Stat. 426 (July 29, 1958).
The Act created NASA as an organization whose first goal is the "expansion of human knowledge of phenomena in the atmosphere and space." The Act also directs NASA to "provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof."