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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).

NASA History Homepage

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Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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Updated February 8, 2005