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NASA History Office

Established in 1959 (a year after NASA itself was formed) the NASA History Office has continuously documented and preserved the Agency’s remarkable history for nearly 65 years.

Meet the History Team about NASA History Office


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chief historian

Brian C. Odom

Oral History Interviews

More than 1,500



The NASA History Office serves two key functions: fulfilling the mandate of the 1958 “Space Act” calling for NASA to disseminate aerospace information as widely as possible, and helping NASA managers understand and thus benefit from the study of past accomplishments and difficulties. In addition to serving NASA leadership, the NASA History Program also engages with scholars, journalists, and students, and strives to engage with the public about NASA’s past and how it relates to current projects.

The NASA History Office publishes a quarterly newsletter, as well as an array of books (in both print and digital formats), conducts oral history interviews, provides internships and fellowships, and assists the public in finding information on aeronautical and space history. In addition, the staff produces the Aeronautics and Space Report of the President, an annual report that includes a “comprehensive description of the programmed activities and the accomplishments of all agencies of the United States in the field of aeronautics and space activities” during the preceding year.

Meet the NASA history Staff

Portrait of Brian Odom

Chief Historian; Science

Portrait of James Anderson

Historian, Research and Technology

Portrait of Robert Arrighi

Historian, Historical Facilities

Portrait of NASA Historian Erik Conway

Historian, Planetary Science

Portrait of Stephen Garber standing in the NASA Headquarters library

Historian, Policy and Publications

Portrait of Christian Gelzer

Historian, Aeronautics

Portrait of Sandra Johnson

Oral History Lead

Portrait of Michele Ostovar

Communications Lead

Portrait of Jennifer Ross-Nazzal

Historian, Human Spaceflight

Student Internships

Join the History Team as an Intern

Student interns assist the History Division by supporting our social media accounts, writing features for our website, reviewing the historical manuscripts that we produce, researching historical questions, and performing other support tasks. In this paid position, interns have the opportunity to perform meaningful work with our NASA History professionals.

Apply to Become a NASA Intern
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Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee is shown at console in the Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas during the Gemini-Titan 3 flight.

Contact Us

The NASA History Office staff assists the public, media, researchers, NASA employees, and Congressional staff to find resources within and outside our Historical Reference Collection. Send us an email at or call 202-358-0384.

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