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The NASA History Series

The NASA History Series includes over 200 books and monographs on a wide range of topics in aerospace history, many of which are available in downloadable digital formats.

NASA's Discovery Program

In the newest release in NASA’s History Series, Susan M. Niebur draws on interviews with program managers, engineers, and scientists from the early missions of NASA’s Discovery Program to take an in-depth look at the management techniques they used to design creative and cost-effective spacecraft.

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Reference Works (SP-4000)

The books in this category provide information, usually in dictionary, encyclopedia, or chronological form, for use by NASA personnel, scholars, and the public.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4001Project Mercury: A Chronology
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Grimwood, James M.1963Project Mercury
SP-4002Project Gemini Technology and Operations: A Chronology
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Grimwood, James M., and Barton C. Hacker, with Peter J. Vorzimmer1969Project Gemini
SP-4003Space Medicine in Project MercuryLink, Mae Mills1965Project Mercury
SP-4004Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1963: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1964Chronology
SP-4005Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1964: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1965Chronology
SP-4006Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1965: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1966Chronology
SP-4007Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1966: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1967Chronology
SP-4008Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1967: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1968Chronology
SP-4009The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume I, Through November 7, 1962Ertel, Ivan D., and Mary Louise Morse1969Apollo Program
SP-4009The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume II, November 8, 1962–September 30, 1964Morse, Mary Louise, and Jean Kernahan Bays1973Apollo Program
SP-4009The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume III, October 1, 1964–January 20, 1966Brooks, Courtney G., and Ivan D. Ertel1976Apollo Program
SP-4009The Apollo Spacecraft: A Chronology, Volume IV, January 21, 1966–July 13, 1974Ertel, Ivan D., and Roland W. Newkirk, with Courtney G. Brooks1978Apollo Program
SP-4010Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1968: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1969Chronology
SP-4011Skylab: A ChronologyNewkirk, Roland W., and Ivan D. Ertel, with Courtney G. Brooks1977Skylab
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. I: NASA Resources, 1958–1968Van Nimmen, Jane, and Leonard C. Bruno, with Robert L. Rosholt1976, rev. ed. 1988General Reference
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. II: Programs and Projects, 1958–1968Ezell, Linda Neuman1988General Reference
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. III: Programs and Projects, 1969–1978Ezell, Linda Neuman1988
General Reference, Historical Data
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. IV: NASA Resources, 1969–1978Gawdiak, Ihor, with Helen Fedor1994General Reference
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. V: NASA Launch Systems, Space Transportation, Human Spaceflight, and Space Science, 1979–1988Rumerman, Judy A.1999Historical Data, Launch Transportation
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. VI: NASA Space Applications, Aeronautics and Space Research and Technology, Tracking and Data Acquisition/Support Operations, Commercial Programs, and Resources, 1979–1988Rumerman, Judy A.2000General Reference
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. VII: NASA Launch Systems, Space Transportation, Human Spaceflight, and Space Science, 1989–1998Rumerman, Judy A.2009General Reference
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. VIII: NASA Earth Science and Space Applications, Aeronautics, Technology, and Exploration, Tracking and Data Acquisition/Space Operations, Facilities and Resources 1989–1998Rumerman, Judy A.2012Historical Data, Earth Science
SP-4012NASA Historical Data Book, Vol. VIII: NASA Earth Science and Space Applications, Aeronautics, Technology, and Exploration, Tracking and Data Acquisition/Space Operations, Facilities and Resources 1989–1998 — TablesRumerman, Judy A.2012General Reference, Historical Data
SP-4014Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1969: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1970Chronology
SP-4015Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1970: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1972Chronology
SP-4016Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1971: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1972Chronology
SP-4017Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1972: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1974Chronology
SP-4018Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1973: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1975Chronology
SP-4019Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1974: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1977Chronology
SP-4020Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1975: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1979Chronology
SP-4021Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1976: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1984Chronology
SP-4022Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1977: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1986Chronology
SP-4023Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1978: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1986Chronology
SP-4024Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1979–1984: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1990Chronology
SP-4025Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1985: Chronology of Science, Technology, and PolicyNASA Historical Staff1988Chronology
SP-4026The Problem of Space Travel: The Rocket Motor (English translation)Noordung, Hermann; Edited by Ernst Stuhlinger and J.D. Hunley, with Jennifer Garland1995 (Original German published in 1929)Early Spaceflight
SP-4027Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1986–1990: A ChronologyGawdiak, Ihor Y., Ramon J. Miro, and Sam Stueland1997Chronology
SP-4028Astronautics and Aeronautics, 1991–1995: A ChronologyGawdiak, Ihor Y. and Charles Shetland2000Chronology
SP-4029Apollo by the Numbers: A Statistical ReferenceOrloff, Richard W.2000Apollo Program, Reference
SP-4030Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 1996–2000Lewis, Marieke and Ryan Swanson2009Chronology
SP-4031Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2001–2005Ivey, William Noel and Marieke Lewis2010Chronology
SP-4032Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2006Buchalter, Alice R. and William Noel Ivey2010Chronology
SP-4033Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2007Lewis, Marieke2011Chronology
SP-4034Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2008Lewis, Marieke2012Chronology
SP-4035Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2009Lewis, Marieke2012Chronology
SP-4037Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 2010Flattery, Meaghan2013Chronology
SP-4041Beyond Earth: A Chronicle of Deep Space ExplorationSiddiqi, Asif A.2018Deep Space Exploration, Planetary Science

Management Histories (SP-4100)

This category contains historical works analyzing the institutional development of NASA, its institutional culture, and its broad functions in the execution of its aeronautics and space mission.

SP-4101An Administrative History of NASA, 1958–1963Rosholt, Robert L.1966Management History, Early NASA History
SP-4102Managing NASA in the Apollo EraLevine, Arnold S.1982Management History, Apollo Program
SP-4103Model Research: The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1915–1958. Volume I and Volume IIRoland, Alex1985Management History, The NACA
SP-4104NASA Engineers and the Age of ApolloFries, Sylvia D.1992Management History, Apollo Program, Engineers
SP-4105The Birth of NASA: The Diary of T. Keith GlennanHunley, J.D., Editor1993Management History
SP-4106Aiming at Targets: The Autobiography of Robert C. SeamansSeamans, Robert C.1996Management History
SP-4107Looking Backward, Looking Forward: Forty Years of Human Spaceflight SymposiumGarber, Stephen J.2002Management History
SP-4108The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot’s OdysseyMalick, Donald W. with Peter W. Merlin2003Management History, Memoir
SP-4109From Runway to Orbit: Reflections of a NASA EngineerIliff, Kenneth W. and Curtis L. Peebles2004Management History, Memoir, Engineer
SP-4110Rockets and People (Volumes I to IV)Chertok, Boris2005, 2006 2009, 2011Management History, Memoir, Rockets
SP-4111Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning from Remarkable ProjectsLaufer, Alexander, Todd Post, and Edward Hoffman2005Management History
SP-4112Realizing the Dream of Flight: Biographical Essays in Honor of the Centennial of Flight, 1903-2003Dawson, Virginia P. and Mark D. Bowles2005Management History
SP-4113William H. Pickering: America’s Deep Space PioneerMudgway, Douglas J.2008Management History, Memoir
SP-4114NASA at 50: Interviews with NASA’s Senior LeadershipDick, Steven J.; Rebecca Wright, and Sandra, Johnson, editors2012Management History, 50th Anniversary

Project Histories (SP-4200)

This category contains the largest number of works, all relating to the various aeronautics and space efforts undertaken by NASA over its history.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4201This New Ocean: A History of Project MercurySwenson, Loyd S., Jr., James M. Grimwood, and Charles C. Alexander1966, reprinted 1998Project Mercury
SP-4202Vanguard: A HistoryGreen, Constance McLaughlin, and Milton Lomask1970, reprinted by Smithsonian Inst. Press 1971Project Vanguard
SP-4203On the Shoulders of Titans: A History of Project GeminiHacker, Barton C., and James M. Grimwood1977, reprinted 2002Project Gemini
SP-4204Moonport: A History of Apollo Launch Facilities and OperationsBenson, Charles D. and William Barnaby Faherty1978Apollo Program
SP-4205Chariots for Apollo: A History of Manned Lunar SpacecraftBrooks, Courtney G., James M. Grimwood, and Loyd S. Swenson, Jr.1979Apollo Program
SP-4206Stages to Saturn: A Technological History of the Apollo/Saturn Launch VehiclesBilstein, Roger E.1980 and 1996Apollo Program, Saturn Launch Vehicles
SP-4208Living and Working in Space: A History of SkylabCompton, W. David and Charles D. Benson1983Skylab
SP-4209The Partnership: A History of the Apollo-Soyuz Test ProjectEzell, Edward Clinton and Linda Neuman Ezell1978Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
SP-4210Lunar Impact: A History of Project RangerHall, R. Cargill1977Project Ranger
SP-4211Beyond the Atmosphere: Early Years of Space ScienceNewell, Homer E.1980Space Science
SP-4212On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet, 1958-1978Ezell, Edward Clinton and Linda Neuman Ezell1984Mars Exploration
SP-4213The Human Factor: Biomedicine in the Manned Space Program to 1980Pitts, John A.1985Space Medicine
SP-4214Where No Man Has Gone Before: A History of Apollo Lunar Exploration MissionsCompton, W. David1989Apollo Program
SP-4215First Among Equals: The Selection of NASA Space Science ExperimentsNaugle, John E.1991Space Science
SP-4216Airborne Trailblazer: Two Decades with NASA Langley’s 737 Flying LaboratoryWallace, Lane E.1994Boeing 737, Space Technology
SP-4217Beyond the Ionosphere: Fifty Years of Satellite CommunicationsButrica, Andrew J.1997Satellite Programs
SP-4218To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar AstronomyButrica, Andrew J.1996Radar Astronomy
SP-4219From Engineering Science to Big Science: The NACA and NASA Collier Trophy Research Project WinnersMack, Pamela E., ed.1998Collier Trophy, Space Research
SP-4220Wingless Flight: The Lifting Body StoryReed, R. Dale1997Lifting Bodies, Dryden / Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4221The Space Shuttle Decision: NASA’s Search for a Reusable Space VehicleHeppenheimer, T. A1999Space Shuttle Program
SP-4222Toward Mach 2: The Douglas D-558 ProgramHunley, J. D., ed.1999Douglas D-558 Program; Dryden / Armstrong Flight Research Center; High Speed Research
SP-4223“Before This Decade is Out…” Personal Reflections on the Apollo ProgramSwanson, Glen E, ed.1999Apollo Program, Memoirs
SP-4224Computers Take Flight: A History of NASA’s Pioneering Digital Fly-By-Wire ProjectTomayko, James E.2000Computers
SP-4225Shuttle-Mir: The United States and Russia Share History’s Highest Stage
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Morgan, Clay2001Space Shuttle Program, Mir Space Station
SP-4226“We Freeze to Please”: A History of NASA’s Icing Research Tunnel and the Quest for SafetyLeary, William M.2002Research Tunnel, Icing Research
SP-4227Uplink-Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network, 1957-1997Mudgway, Douglas J.2001Deep Space Network
SP-4230Taming Liquid Hydrogen: The Centaur Upper Stage Rocket, 1958-2002Dawson, Virginia P. and Mark D. Bowles.2004Centaur Rocket
SP-4231Mission to Jupiter: A History of the Galileo ProjectMeltzer, Michael2007Galileo Project
SP-4232Facing the Heat Barrier: A History of HypersonicsHeppenheimer, T.A.2007Hypersonics, High Speed Research
SP-4233“Read You Loud and Clear!” The Story of NASA’s Spaceflight Tracking and Data NetworkTsiao, Sunny2008Spaceflight Tracking, Data Network
SP-4234When Biospheres Collide: A History of NASA’s Planetary Protection ProgramsMetzler, Michael2011Planetary Protection
SP-4235A History of Near-Earth Objects ResearchConway, Erik M., Donald K. Yeomans, and Meg Rosenburg2022Near-Earth Objects, Asteroids, Comets, Planetary Defense
SP-4237Not Yet Imagined: A Study of Hubble Space Telescope OperationsGainor, Christopher2020Hubble Space Telescope, Astronomy
SP-4238NASA’s Discovery Program: The First Twenty Years of Competitive Planetary ExplorationSusan M. Niebur with David W. Brown, Editor2023Planetary Exploration, Deep Space Exploration, Mission Management

Center Histories (SP-4300)

The books in this category cover the specific histories of the various NASA Field Centers.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4301Venture into Space: Early Years of Goddard Space Flight CenterRosenthal, Alfred1986Goddard Space Flight Center
SP-4302Adventures in Research: A History of Ames Research Center, 1940–1965Hartman, Edwin P.1970Ames Research Center
SP-4303On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden, 1946–1981Hallion, Richard P.1984Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4304Searching the Horizon: A History of Ames Research Center, 1940–1976Muenger, Elizabeth A.1985Ames Research Center
SP-4305Engineer in Charge: A History of the Langley Aeronautical Laboratory, 1917–1958Hansen, James R.1987Langley Aeronautical Laboratory
SP-4306Engines and Innovation: Lewis Laboratory and American Propulsion TechnologyDawson, Virginia P.1991Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, Glenn Research Center, Engine Research
SP-4307“Suddenly Tomorrow Came…”: A History of the Johnson Space Center, 1957-1990Dethloff, Henry C.1993Johnson Space Center
SP-4308Spaceflight Revolution: NASA Langley Research Center from Sputnik to ApolloHansen, James R.1995Langley Research Center
SP-4309Flights of Discovery: 50 Years at the NASA Dryden Flight Research CenterWallace, Lane E.1996Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4310Way Station to Space: A History of the John C. Stennis Space CenterHerring, Mack R.1997Stennis Space Center
SP-4311Wallops Station and the Creation of an American Space ProgramWallace, Harold D., Jr.1997Wallops Flight Facility
SP-4312Dreams, Hopes, Realities. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center: The First Forty YearsWallace, Lane E.1999Goddard Space Flight Center
SP-4313Power to Explore: A History of Marshall Space Flight Center, 1960–1990Dunar, Andrew J. and Stephen P. Waring1999Marshall Space Flight Center
SP-4314Atmosphere of Freedom:
–Sixty Years at the NASA Ames Research Center
–Seventy Years at the NASA Ames Research Center
–75 Years at the NASA Ames Research Center
Bugos, Glenn E.2000,
Ames Research Center
SP-4316Crafting Flight: Aircraft Pioneers and the Contributions of the Men and Women of NASA Langley Research CenterSchultz, James2003Langley Research Center
SP-4317Science in Flux: NASA’s Nuclear Program at Plum Brook Station, 1955-2005Bowles, Mark D.2006Plum Brook Station
SP-4318Flights of Discovery: 60 Years at the NASA Dryden Flight Research CenterWallace, Lane E.2007Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4319Revolutionary Atmosphere: The Story of the Altitude Wind Tunnel and the Space Power ChambersArrighi, Robert S.2010Wind Tunnel Research, Glenn Research Center
SP-4322NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center’s Contributions to the Space Shuttle ProgramGelzer, Christian, ed.2020Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center,
Space Shuttle Program

General Histories (SP-4400)

This category’s publications analyze, in detail, a variety of topics of interest to NASA, special issues in the development of spaceflight, and the evolution of the aerospace program as it relates to the Agency.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4401NASA Sounding Rockets, 1958–1968: A Historical SummaryCorliss, William1971Sounding Rockets
SP-4402Origins of NASA NamesWells, Helen T., Susan H. Whiteley, and Carrie Karegeannes1976Names
SP-4403Orders of MagnitudeAnderson, Frank W., Jr.1981NACA, NASA, Survey History
SP-4404Liquid Hydrogen as a Propulsion Fuel, 1945–1959Sloop, John L.1978Liquid Hydrogen, Propulsion
SP-4405A Spacefaring People: Perspectives on Early SpaceflightRoland, Alex1985Early Spaceflight
SP-4406Order of Magnitude: A History of the NACA and NASA, 1915–1990Bilstein, Roger E.1989NACA, NASA, Survey History
SP-4407Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space ProgramLogsdon, John M., ed. et al.1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2008Space, Documents, Science
SP-4408Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race, 1945–1974Siddiqi, Asif A.2000Soviet Union, Space Race, Russia
SP-4409The Wind and Beyond: A Documentary Journey into the History of Aerodynamics in AmericaHansen, James R., ed.2003, 2007, 2021Aeronautics, Documents
SP-4410Mars Wars: The Rise and Fall of the Space Exploration InitiativeHogan, Thor2007Mars, Space Exploration Initiative, Bush
SP-4411Psychology of Space ExplorationVakoch, Douglas A.2011Psychology
SP-4412NASA’s First A: Aeronautics from 1958–2008Ferguson, Robert G.2013Aeronautics
SP-4413Archaeology, Anthropology, and Interstellar CommunicationVakoch, Douglas A.2014Archaeology, Anthropology, SETI, Interstellar Communication
SP-4415Origins of 21st Century Space Travel: A History of NASA’s Decadal Planning Team and Vision for Space Exploration, 1999–2004Asner, Glen and Stephen Garber2019Vision of Space Exploration, Decadal Planning Team, George W. Bush
SP-4419NACA to NASA to Now: The Frontiers of Air and Space in the American CenturyLaunius, Roger D.2023NACA, NASA, Survey History

Monographs in Aerospace History (SP-4500)

These are studies, shorter than book length, that focus on specific issues in NASA’s history that have immediate relevance for public policy formulation and administration.

SP-4501Toward a History of the Space Shuttle: An Annotated BibliographyLaunius, Roger D. and Aaron K. Gillette, comps.1992Space Shuttle Program
SP-4502An Annotated Bibliography of the Apollo Program
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Launius, Roger D., and J.D. Hunley, comps.1994Apollo Program
SP-4503Apollo: A Retrospective AnalysisLaunius, Roger D.1994, reprinted 2004Apollo Program
SP-4504Enchanted Rendezvous: John C. Houbolt and the Genesis of the Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous ConceptHansen, James R.1995, reprinted 1999Lunar-Orbit Rendezvous; Apollo Program
SP-4505Hugh L. Dryden’s Career in Aviation and SpaceGorn, Michael H.1996Director History
SP-4506Women in Flight Research at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center from 1946 to 1995Powers, Sheryll Goecke1997Women; Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4507Walking to Olympus: An EVA ChronologyPortree, David S.F. and Robert C. Treviño1997Spacewalks; EVAs
SP-4508Legislative Origins of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958: Proceedings of an Oral History WorkshopLogsdon, John M., moderator1998Congress; Early NASA
SP-4509U.S. Human Spaceflight, A Record of Achievement 1961–1998Rumerman, Judy A., compiler1998General History
SP-4510NASA’s Origins and the Dawn of the Space Age
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Portree, David S.F.1998Early NASA, Space Race
SP-4511Together in Orbit: The Origins of International Cooperation in the Space StationLogsdon, John M.1998Space Station; International
SP-4512Journey in Aeronautical Research: A Career at NASA Langley Research CenterPhillips, W. Hewitt1998Langley Research Center
SP-4513A History of Suction-Type Laminar-Flow Control with Emphasis on Flight ResearchBraslow, Albert L.1999Flight Research
SP-4514Managing the Moon Program: Lessons Learned from ApolloLogsdon, John M., moderator1999Apollo Program; Moon
SP-4515The Difficult Road to Mars: A Brief History of Mars Exploration in the Soviet UnionPerminov, V.G.1999Mars Exploration; Soviet Union
SP-4516Touchdown: The Development of Propulsion Controlled Aircraft at NASA DrydenTucker, Tom1999Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4517The History of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft: From Concept to FlightMaisel, Martin, Demo J. Giulanetti, and Daniel C. Dugan2000Flight Research
SP-4518Hypersonics Before the Shuttle: A Concise History of the X-15 Research AirplaneJenkins, Dennis R.2000Flight Research
SP-4519Partners in Freedom: Contributions of the Langley Research Center to U.S. Military Aircraft of the 1990sChambers, Joseph R.2000Langley Research Center; Military Partnerships
SP-4520Black Magic and Gremlins: Analog Flight Simulations at NASA’s Flight Research CenterWaltman, Gene L.2000Flight Research
SP-4521Humans to Mars: Fifty Years of Mission Planning, 1950–2000Portree, David S.F.2001Mars Exploration
SP-4522Flight Research: Problems Encountered and What They Should Teach UsThompson, Milton O. with J.D. Hunley2000Flight Research
SP-4523The Eclipse ProjectTucker, Tom2000Flight Research
SP-4524Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes, 1958–2000Siddiqi, Asif A.2002Deep Space Exploration
SP-4525Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969–1979Merlin, Peter W.2002Flight Research; Air Force Partnership
SP-4526Memoirs of an Aeronautical Engineer: Flight Tests at Ames Research Center, 1940–1970Anderson, Seth B.2002Flight Research; Ames Research Center
SP-4527Wilbur and Orville Wright: A Bibliography Commemorating the One-Hundredth Anniversary of the First Powered Flight on December 17, 1903Renstrom, Arthur G.2002Early Flight Research, Wright Brothers
SP-4529Concept to Reality: Contributions of the NASA Langley Research Center to U.S. Civil Aircraft of the 1990sChambers, Joseph R.2003Flight Research
SP-4530The Spoken Word: Recollections of Dryden History, The Early YearsPeebles, Curtis, ed.2003Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4531American X-Vehicles: An Inventory- X-1 to X-50Jenkins, Dennis R., Tony Landis, and Jay Miller2003Flight Research; X-Vehicles
SP-4532Wilbur and Orville Wright: A Chronology Commemorating the One-Hundredth Anniversary of the First Powered Flight on December 17, 1903Renstrom, Arthur G.2003Early Flight Research, Wright Brothers
SP-4533NASA’s Nuclear Frontier: The Plum Brook Research ReactorBowles, Mark D., and Robert S. Arrighi2004Plum Brook Station; Nuclear Research
SP-4534Nose Up: High Angle-of-Attack and Thrust Vectoring Research at NASA Dryden 1979-2001Wallace, Lane and Christian Gelzer2009Flight Research; Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center
SP-4535Unconventional, Contrary, and Ugly: The Lunar Landing Research VehicleMatranga, Gene J., C. Wayne Ottinger, Calvin R. Jarvis, and D. Christian Gelzer2005Lunar Landing Research Vehicle
SP-4536Low Cost Innovation in Spaceflight: The History of the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) MissionMcCurdy, Howard E.2005NEAR Earth Missions
SP-4537Project Apollo: The Tough DecisionsSeamans, Robert C., Jr.2007Apollo Program
SP-4538NASA and the Environment: The Case of Ozone DepletionLambright, W. Henry2005Environment, Ozone
SP-4539Innovation in Flight: Research of the NASA Langley Research Center on Revolutionary Advanced Concepts for AeronauticsChambers, Joseph R.2005Langley Research Center, Flight Research
SP-4540Journey in Space Research: Continuation of a Career at NASA Langley Research CenterPhillips, W. Hewitt2005Langley Research Center, Space Research
SP-4541U.S. Human Spaceflight: A Record of Achievement, 1961–2006Rumerman, Judy A., comp.2007General History
SP-4542The Spoken Word II: Recollections of Dryden History, Beyond the SkyPeebles, Curtis2011Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center; Space Research
SP-4543Research in NASA History. A Guide of the NASA History Program, Third EditionDick, Steven J, Stephen J. Garber, and Jane H. Odom, comp.2009NASA History Program
SP-4544Ikhana: Unmanned Aircraft System Western States Fire MissionsMerlin, Peter W.2009Flight Research
SP-4545Remembering the Giants: Apollo Rocket Propulsion DevelopmentFisher, Steven C. and Shamim A. Rahman, eds.2009Apollo Program
SP-4546Fairing Well: From Shoebox to Bat Truck and Beyond, Aerodynamic Truck Research at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research CenterGelzer, Christian2011Truck Research, Dryden/Armstrong Research Center
SP-4547Making the Invisible Visible: A History of the Spitzer Infrared Telescope FacilityRottner, Renee2017Spitzer Infrared Telescope Facility, Astronomy
SP-4548Pursuit of Power: NASA’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory No. 1 and 2Arrighi, Robert2012Propulsion Research
SP-4549Toward a History of the Space Shuttle: An Annotated Bibliography Part 2 (1992–2011)Goodrich, Malinda K., Alice R. Buchalter, and Patrick M. Miller of the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, comp.2012Space Shuttle Program
SP-4550Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology, 1997–2011, Volume 2Ta, Julie B. and Robert C. Treviño2016Extravehicular Activities
SP-4552The Spoken Word III: Recollections of Dryden History; The Shuttle YearsGelzer, Christian, Editor2013Dryden/Armstrong Flight Research Center, Space Shuttle Program
SP-4553NASA Photo OneRoss, James C.2013Dryden, Photography, Aeronautics
SP-4554Historical Analogs for the Stimulation of Space CommerceLaunius, Roger D.2014Public–Private Partnerships
SP-4555The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics: An Annotated BibliographyBuchalter, Alice R., and Patrick M. Miller of the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress, comp.2014The NACA
SP-4556Emblems of Exploration: Logos of the NACA and NASAChambers, Joseph R., and Mark A. Chambers2015NACA and NASA, Logos, Symbols
SP-4557Science Advice to NASA: Conflict, Consensus, Partnership, LeadershipAlexander, Joseph K.2017NASA Advisory Committee, NAC, Space Science

Electronic Media (SP-4600)

This category consists of media resources, including DVDs and CDs, available for research purposes.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4601Remembering Apollo 11 (CD-ROM)Bruce K. Byers, et al.1999, 2004Apollo Program
SP-4602The Mission Transcript Collection: U.S. Human Spaceflight Missions from Mercury Redstone 3 to Apollo 17 (CD-ROM)NASA Historical Staff2001Apollo Program, Mission Transcripts
SP-4603Shuttle-Mir: The United States and Russia Share History’s Highest StageMorgan, Clay2002Shuttle–Mir, International, Russia
SP-4604U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission presents Born of Dreams ~ Inspired by FreedomNASA Historical Staff2004General Reference
SP-4605Of Ashes and Atoms: A Documentary on the NASA Plum Brook Reactor Facility (video)Polaczynski, James and Robert Arrighi2005Plum Brook Station Reactor
SP-4606Taming Liquid Hydrogen: The Centaur Upper Stage RocketDawson, Virginia P. and Mark D. Bowles2004Centaur Rocket
SP-4607Fueling Space Exploration: The History of NASA’s Rocket Engine Test FacilityGlenn Research Center Imaging Technology Center2005Rocket Engine Test Facility
SP-4608Altitude Wind Tunnel at NASA Glenn Research Center. An Interactive HistoryArrighi, Robert and Gary Nolan2008Glenn Research Center, Wind Tunnel Research
SP-4609A Tunnel Through Time: The History of NASA’s Altitude Wind Tunnel (video)Polaczynski, James and Robert Arrighi2010Glenn Research Center, Wind Tunnel Research

Conference Proceedings (SP-4700)

This category includes the proceedings of NASA conferences and conventions.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4701Risk and Exploration: Earth, Sea and the StarsDick, Steven J. and Cowing, Keith L., ed.2005Conference Proceedings
SP-4702Critical Issues in the History of SpaceflightDick, Steven J. and Launius, Roger D., ed.2006Conference Proceedings
SP-4703Remembering the Space AgeDick, Steven J., ed.2008Conference Proceedings
SP-4704NASA 50th Anniversary Proceedings. NASA’s First 50 Years: Historical PerspectivesDick, Steven J., ed.2010Conference Proceedings
SP-470550 Years of Solar System Exploration: Historical PerspectivesBillings, Linda, ed.2021Conference Proceedings, Planets, Solar System

Societal Impact Studies (SP-4800)

The works in this collection relate to the impact of space activities, programs, and technologies upon society.

Pub. NumberTitleAuthorYearKeywords
SP-4801Societal Impact of SpaceflightDick, Steven J. and Launius, Roger D.2007Social Sciences; Humanities
SP-4802Cosmos & Culture: Cultural Evolution in a Cosmic ContextDick, Steven J. and Lupisella, Mark L., ed.2009Social Sciences; Humanities
SP-4803Historical Studies in the Societal Impact of SpaceflightDick, Steven J., ed.2015Social Sciences; Humanities