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Exploring the Unknown

Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program

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This seven-volume documentary history is an essential reference for anyone interested in the history of the U.S. civil space program and its development over time. Each volume deals with specific issues in the development of the space program and includes more than 110 key documents, many of which were published for the first time. Each is introduced by a headnote providing context, bibliographical details, and background information necessary to understand the document. These are organized into major sections, each beginning with an introductory essay that keys the documents to major events in the history of space exploration.