Frequent Research Questions

Below are the top research questions that the NASA Headquarters Archives receives. Not every topic will have the same amount of resources, but any may include textual records, oral history transcripts, photographs, book links, and any other compiled resources available at the NASA Headquarters Archives.

These collections are not meant to be exhaustive; they are meant to get researchers started in the right direction. Further, only content specific to the topic, and created or sponsored by NASA is included in these pages. Content that spans topics, such as books that cover the entirety of Apollo, is included elsewhere in the site.

Picture of monkey preparing for spaceflight

Animals in Space

The animals that helped us get to space

Apollo capsule

Apollo 11

The first people on the Moon, July 20, 1969

Apollo 13 patch

Apollo 13

The mission, the accident, and the return

Astronaut picture

Astronaut Selection

Previous classes of astronauts



The people, the mission, the accident, and the impact



The people, the mission, the accident, and the impact


Hubble Space Telescope

Changing the way we study astronomy

Items Carried in Space

Items Carried in Space

Personal items that astronauts took with them to space, and things left on the Moon

Lunar and Command Modules

Lunar and Command Modules

Getting on and off the Moon



NASA's predecessor agency


Sputnik and The Dawn of the Space Age

History changed on October 4, 1957

Woman at NASA

Women at NASA

Hidden Figures and other women at NASA