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The newest of a series of NASA History Division e-Books is available:

Beyond Earth: A Chronicle of Deep Space Exploration
NASA SP-2018-4041 by Asif A. Siddiqi

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    Titles published in the NASA History Series (SP-4000 series) can be viewed/downloaded free at the links below.

    Printed copies of many titles are available for sale from the NASA Information Center, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street SW, Suite 1N24, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Phone: 202-358-0000. A complete list of publications available through the NASA Information Center can be found at this link:

    NASA History Monographs (the SP-4500 series) are available at no cost with a self-addressed, stamped envelope through the NASA Information Center.

    Some of the NASA History SP Series titles, along with other NASA publications shown on this page, are available through the Government Printing Office (GPO).

  • GPO bookstore, 1-866-512-1800,,

  • Click here for a list of commercial reprints of our NASA History Series Special Publications and reprints of other SPs of interest.
  • Click here for a cumulative list of space history books that were published in our newsletter since 2007. Thanks to Chris Gamble for compiling this list.
  • Click here for a list of NASA history titles that were published by commercial presses.


Documentary Histories --
"Exploring The Unknown":

Documentary Histories --
"The Wind and Beyond":

Brief Histories of NASA:

  • Anderson, Frank W., Jr. Orders of Magnitude: A History of NACA and NASA, 1915-1980. NASA SP-4403, 1981. Out of print.
  • Bilstein, Roger E. Orders of Magnitude: A History of the NACA and NASA, 1915-1990. NASA SP-4406, 1989. Out of print. Click here to view a PDF of this book.
  • Bilstein, Roger E. Testing Aircraft, Exploring Space: An Illustrated History of NACA and NASA. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. This book is an update of: Orders of Magnitude: A History of NACA and NASA, 1915-1990.

50th Anniversary Publications:

Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight:

    This is a volume consisting of scholarship on the current state of the discipline of space history presented in a joint NASA and NASM conference in 2005.
  • Dick, Steven J. and Launius, Roger D., ed. Critical Issues in the History of Spaceflight. (NASA SP-2006-4702).

Societal Impact of Spaceflight:


Aeronautics and Space Report of the President:

NASA Historical Data Books:

Astronautics and Aeronautics Chronology:


Reference Works, (SP-4000 Series):

Management Histories, (SP-4100 Series):

Project Histories, (SP-4200 Series):

Center Histories, (SP-4300 Series):

General Histories, (SP-4400 Series):

Monographs in Aerospace History (SP-4500 Series):

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Electronic Media (SP-4600 Series)

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  • Realizing the Dream of Flight CD-ROM. (NASA SP-2005-4112, 2005). Out of print
  • Remembering Apollo 11: The 30th Anniversary Data Archive CD-ROM. (NASA SP-4601, 1999). Out of print
  • Remembering Apollo 11: The 35th Anniversary Data Archive CD-ROM. (NASA SP-2004-4601, 2004). This is an update of the 1999 edition. Out of print
  • The Mission Transcript Collection: U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions from Mercury Redstone 3 to Apollo 17. CD-ROM (SP-2000-4602, 2001). Out of print. Available from CG Publishing.
  • Shuttle-Mir: the United States and Russia Share History's Highest Stage. (NASA SP-2001-4603, 2002). Out of print.
  • U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission presents Born of Dreams ~ Inspired by Freedom. CD-ROM (NASA SP-2004-4604, 2004). Out of print
  • Of Ashes and Atoms: A Documentary on the NASA Plum Brook Reactor Facility. DVD (NASA SP-2005-4605). Out of print
  • Taming Liquid Hydrogen : The Centaur Upper Stage Rocket Interactive CD-ROM. CD-ROM (NASA SP-2004-4606, 2004). Out of print
  • Fueling Space Exploration: The History of NASA's Rocket Engine Test Facility DVD. DVD (NASA SP-2005-4607). Out of print
  • Altitude Wind Tunnel at NASA Glenn Research Center. An Interactive History. CD-ROM (NASA SP-2008-4608). Out of print
  • A Tunnel Through Time: The History of NASA’s Altitude Wind Tunnel. DVD (NASA SP-2010-4609). Out of print

Conference Proceedings (SP-4700 Series):

Societal Impact of Spaceflight (SP-4800 Series):

Historical Reports (HHR Series):

Other Selected NASA Publications of Historical Interest:

Many of these titles are out-of-print. To find out if print copies are still available for ordering, and how to order, click here.

Conference Proceedings (CPs)

Contractor Reports (CRs):

Educational Publications (EPs):

NASA Publications (NPs):

Special Publications (SPs):

Technical Memoranda and Technical Notes (TMs and TNs):

Other Government Publications Related to Aerospace History:

NASA History Titles Published by NASA Centers:


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