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Since NASA’s beginning, the NASA History Office has prepared histories, chronologies, and oral history interviews and made them freely available to the public. Explore our trove of aerospace history resources!

A man reads at the main library at Ames Research Center in 1967

The NASA History Series

The NASA History Series includes over 200 books and monographs on a wide range of topics from rockets and wind tunnels to the psychology and sociology of spaceflight. Many of these books are in e-book formats available to download at no cost.

NASA History News and Notes

NASA History’s quarterly newsletter explores major anniversaries from NASA’s past, the historical underpinnings of NASA’s current endeavors, and gives you the latest news in aerospace history research, publications, and upcoming meetings.

The Aeronautics and Space Report of the President

The annual “President’s Report” is a summary of the U.S. Government’s aerospace activities each year. Mandated by law, it contains information on aerospace activities conducted by 14 Federal departments and agencies, as well as appendices containing historical data on spacecraft launches and budget figures.

Oral Histories

NASA sees value in oral history because the process provides significant benefits and plays an important role in capturing and preserving the first-hand experiences of individuals, lessons learned, methodologies, and institutional memory. Oral history participants include managers, engineers, technicians, doctors, astronauts, and other employees of NASA and aerospace contractors who served in key roles in its programs. These oral history interviews ensure that the words of these pioneers live on to tell future generations about the excitement and lessons of space exploration.

Other Research Resources

From Apollo mission menus to landmark space policy documents, these collections of resources will propel your research to new heights.