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Selected NASA Publications of Historical Interest

This small collection of NASA publications of historical interest represents a fraction of the informative books and reports available through NASA’s Technical Reports Server.

Conference Proceedings (CP)

Proceedings of the X-15 First Flight 30th Anniversary Celebration of June 8, 1989. (NASA CP-3105, 1991).

Contractor Reports (CR)

Computers in Spaceflight: The NASA Experience. By James E. Tomayko. (NASA Contractor Report 182505, 1988).

Educational Publications (EP)

Apollo 13 “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” (NASA EP-76, 1970).

On the Moon with Apollo 16: A Guide to the Descartes Region. (NASA EP-95, 1972).

Skylab: A Guidebook. (NASA EP-107, 1973), by Leland F. Belew and Ernst Stuhlinger.

Why Man Explores. (NASA EP-125, 1976).

Spacelab: An International Short-Stay Orbiting Laboratory. (NASA EP-165) by Walter Froehlich.

A Meeting with the Universe: Science Discoveries from the Space Program. (NASA EP-177,1981).

NASA Publications (NP)

Science in Orbit: The Shuttle & Spacelab Experience: 1981-1986. (NASA NP-119, Marshall Space Flight Center, 1988).

Winds of Change: Expanding the Frontiers of Flight. Langley Research Center’s 75 Years of Accomplishment, 1917–1992. (NP-130, 1992) by James Schultz.

Special Publications (SP)

Results of the Second Manned Suborbital Space Flight, July 21, 1961(Pre-SP, NASA, 1961).

Results of the Second U.S. Manned Orbital Space Flight. (NASA SP-6, 1962).

Results of the Third U.S. Manned Orbital Space Flight. (NASA SP-12, 1962).

Mercury Project Summary including Results of the Fourth Manned Orbital Flight(NASA SP-45, 1963).

X-15 Research Results With a Selected Bibliography(NASA SP-60, 1965).

Aerospace Food Technology (NASA SP-202, 1969).

What Made Apollo a Success? (NASA SP-287, 1971).

Evolution of the Solar System. (NASA SP-345, 1976).

Pioneer Odyssey (NASA SP-349/396, revised edition, 1977) by Richard Fimmel, William Swindell, and Eric Burgess.

Apollo Expeditions to the Moon(NASA SP-350, 1975).

Introduction to the Aerodynamics of Flight(NASA SP-367, 1975) by Theodore A. Talay.

Biomedical Results of Apollo(NASA SP-368, 1975) edited by Richard S. Johnston, Lawrence F. Dietlein, M.D., and Charles A. Berry, M.D.

Skylab EREP Investigations Summary. (NASA SP-399, 1978).

Skylab: Our First Space Station. (NASA SP-400, 1977), edited by Leland F. Belew.

Skylab, Classroom in Space(NASA SP-401, 1977), edited by Lee Summerlin.

Skylab’s Astronomy and Space Sciences. (NASA SP-404, 1979), edited by Charles A. Lundquist

The Space Shuttle(NASA SP-407, 1976).

The Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence. (NASA SP-419, 1977), edited by Philip Morrison, John Billingham, and John Wolfe.

The Martian Landscape. (NASA SP-425, 1978).

The Space Shuttle at Work. (NASA SP-432/EP-156 1979) by Howard Allaway.

Project Orion: A Design Study of a System for Detecting Extrasolar Planets(NASA SP-436, 1980), edited by David C. Black.

Wind Tunnels of NASA. (NASA SP-440, 1981).

Viking Orbiter Views of Mars(NASA SP-441, 1980).

The High Speed Frontier: Case Histories of Four NACA Programs, 1920-1950. (NASA SP-445, 1980.)

The Star Splitters: The High Energy Astronomy Observatories. (NASA SP-466, 1984) by Wallace H. Tucker.

Planetary Geology in the 1980s. (NASA SP-467, 1985) by Joseph Veverka.

Quest for Performance: The Evolution of Modern Aircraft(NASA SP-468, 1985).

The Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF): Mission 1 Experiments(SP-473, 1984) ed. by Lenwood G. Clark, William H. Kinar, et. al.

Voyager 1 and 2, Atlas of Saturnian Satellites. (NASA SP-474, 1984) edited by Raymond Batson.

Far Travelers: The Exploring Machines. (NASA SP-480, 1985) by Oran W. Nicks.

The Impact of Science on Society. (NASA SP-482, 1985) by James Burke, Jules Bergman, and Isaac Asimov.

Living Aloft:  Human Requirements for Extended Spaceflight(NASA SP-483, 1985).

Space Shuttle Avionics System. (NASA SP-504, 1989) by John F. Hanaway and Robert W. Moorehead.

Life Into Space: Space Life Sciences Research, Volumes I–III 1965–2003. (NASA SP-534).

X-15: Extending the Frontiers of Flight. (SP-2007-562) by Dennis R. Jenkins.

Unlimited Horizons: Design and Development of the U-2. (SP-2014-620, 2015) by Peter W. Merlin.

Flying Beyond the Stall: The X-31 and the Advent of Supermaneuverability. (SP-2014-613) by Douglas A. Joyce.

Bringing the Future Within Reach—Celebrating 75 Years of the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center. (NASA SP-2016-627, 2016) by Robert S. Arrighi.

NASA’s Hydrogen Outpost: The Rocket Systems Area at Plum Brook Station. (NASA SP-2016-628, 2016) by Robert S. Arrighi.

The Power for Flight: NASA’s Contributions to Aircraft Propulsion. (NASA SP-2017-631) by Jeremy R. Kinney.

Flight Research at Ames, 1940-1997. (NASA SP-3300, 1998).

Wings in Orbit: Scientific and Engineering Legacies of the Space Shuttle. (NASA SP-2010-3409). Executive Editor: Wayne Hale.

Unmanned Space Project Management: Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter. (NASA SP-4901, 1972) by Erasmus H. Kloman.

The Planetary Quarantine Program. (NASA SP-4902, 1974).

Constellation Program Lessons Learned Volume 1: Executive Summary. (NASA SP-6127, 2011).

Spaceborne Digital Computer Systems. (NASA SP-8070, 1971).

Celebrating a Century of Flight. (NASA SP-2002-09-511-HQ). Edited by Tony Springer.

NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory, 1971–1995: An Operations Retrospective With a View to SOFIA. (NASA SP-2013-216025, 2013) by Edwin F. Erickson and Allan W. Meyer.

The World’s Largest Wind Tunnels: Their History, Contributions to Aeronautics, and Importance to Flight – A History of the NASA Ames 40- by 80-Foot and 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnels. (SP-20205009237, 2020) by Kenneth W. Mort.

Quieting the Boom: The Shaped Sonic Boom Demonstrator and the Quest for Quiet Supersonic Flight. (SP) by Lawrence R. Benson.

Technical Memoranda (TM) and Technical Notes (TN)

Destination Moon: A History of the Lunar Orbiter Program. (NASA TM-3487,1977) by Bruce Byers.

Present and Future State of the Art in Guidance Computer Memories. (NASA TN D-4224, 1967) by Robert C. Ricci.

Other Government Publications Related to Aerospace History

History of Research in Space Biology and Biodynamics at the Air Force Missile Development Center, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, 1946–1958.

Report of the Apollo 13 Review Board. (a.k.a. the Cortright Commission).

Report of the Presidential Commission on the Space Shuttle Challenger Accident. (commonly called the Rogers Commission Report), June 1986 and Implementations of the Recommendations, June 1987

Transiting from Air to Space: The North American X-15. This case study by Robert S. Houston, Richard P. Hallion, and Ronald G. Boston is a long chapter in The Hypersonic Revolution: Case Studies in the History of Hypersonic Technology (Air Force History and Museums Program: 1998). 

Space Handbook: Astronautics and its Applications. This 1959 publication was a staff report of the Congressional Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration.

The First Century of Flight: NACA/NASA Contributions to Aeronautics. This is an informative Web exhibit set up in a timeline format.

Space Station Requirements and Transportation Options for Lunar OutpostProceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Space Congress, April 24–27, 1990, Cocoa Beach, Florida. NASA Office of Logic Design (NASA, 1990).

Space Station Freedom Accommodation of the Human Exploration InitiativeProceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Space Congress, April 24–27, 1990, Cocoa Beach, Florida. NASA Office of Logic Design (NASA, 1990).

NASA History Titles Published by NASA Centers

Saturn Illustrated Chronology. (MHR-5, Marshall Space Flight Center, fifth edition, 1971) prepared by David S. Akens.

The Apollo Program Summary Report(Document #JSC-09423, April 1975).

A New Dimension. Wallops Island Flight Test Range: The First Fifteen Years. (NASA Reference Publication 1028. 1978) by Joseph Adams Shortal.

Magellan: The Unveiling of Venus(JPL-400-345, 1989).

Guide to Magellan Image Interpretation. (JPL-93-24) by John Ford, Jeffrey Plaut, et. al.

Separating the Real from the Imagined: Flight Research at the NACA and NASA, 1915–2000. by Michael H. Gorn

Ideas Into Hardware: A History of the Rocket Engine Test Facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Cleveland: NASA Glenn Research Center, 2004. by Virginia Dawson.

The Story of Self-Repairing Flight Control Systems. Dryden Historical Study #1, James E. Tomayko, author, and Christian Gelzer, editor.

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