Key documents relating to NASA’s founding: this page includes documents from Monograph No. 10, NASA’s Origins and the Dawn of the Space Age.
Key documents relating to Sputnik, Vanguard, Explorer, and the International Geophysical Year: This site includes both U.S. and Soviet documents from the mid- to late 1950s, setting the historical context for NASA’s founding.
National Aeronautics and Space Act (NASA’s “charter”)
Toward a Rationale for a National Space Program: this study by the Rand Corporation dates from July 1959. For the Web, it is broken into two halves of true-graphics PDF files. Click here to see part one and here to see part two.
Other key space policy documents
Historical sites and landmarks (link to come).
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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Updated February 8, 2005