NASA History

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (Pub.L. 85-568) created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Section 20112 (a)(3) of the Act directs NASA "to provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning NASA activities and the results thereof." The sharing of information, and our history, has always been, and continues to be, a priority.

NASA Headquarters


Ames center sign

Ames Research Center

Armstrong sign

Armstrong Flight Research Center

Glenn Research Center

Goddard sign

Goddard Space Flight Center

JPL sign

Jet Propulsion Lab

Johnson Center

Johnson Space Center

picture of launch pad 39B

Kennedy Space Center

Image of pilots in from of plane

Langley Research Center

Marshall sign

Marshall Space Flight Center

Stennis Space Center sign

Stennis Space Center

image of shuttle on 747

White Sands Test Facility


Research at NASA HQ Archives

Frequent Research Questions and Finding Aids

From Animals in Space to Women at NASA, our top 12 research questions are here in mini research collections.

Looking for other archival material? Our finding aids will assist researchers in refining their searches. Researchers may also access our Document Management System here.

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Publications and Newsletters

Looking for our list of NASA books? Many of our books have either been scanned or created in PDF. They are downloadable, text-searchable, and free.

Some of the books are only available in HTML and are divided by chapter.

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Donations and Family Research

Do you have something you think may be better homed within the Archives? Looking for more information on a family member who worked at NASA?

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Can't find what you need?

Can't find what you need? Archival work is never-ending. We are constantly bringing in new records, accepting donations, and refining our description. If you don't find what you need here, or need to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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