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Launch Schedules and Mission Chronologies

Updated: May 2012

This bibliography covers chronologies and schedules for past, ongoing, and future NASA missions. For more in-depth resources, please visit the NASA History Program Office or the National Air and Space Museum.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.


Contents: Books Periodicals Internet Resources

Books

Baker, David. Spaceflight and Rocketry: A Chronology. New York: Facts on File, 1996. ISBN: 0816018537
TL788.5 .B25 1996 READY REFERENCE
 
Cassutt, Michael. Who's who in Space. New York: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1999. ISBN: 0028649656
TL788.5 .C37 1999 READY REFERENCE
 
Green, Barbara E. United States Space Program Firsts: Robotic and Human Mission Firsts. Kennedy Space Center, FL: Kennedy Space Center Library Archives, 2002.
TL789.8 .U5 U58 2002 BOOKSTACKS
 
Harvey, Brian. Space Exploration 2007. New York; Berlin: Springer, 2006. ISBN: 0387333304
TL793 .H37 2006 BOOKSTACKS
 
Lewis, Marieke, Ryan Swanson, and Alice R. Buchalter. Astronautics and Aeronautics: A Chronology, 1996-2000. Washington, D.C.: NASA History Division, Office of External Relations, NASA Headquarters, 2009.
TL521.312 .A887 L495 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Note: This title is available online at the website of the NASA HQ History Office.
 
NASA. America's Workhorse in Space: The First 100 Missions of the Space Shuttle, 1981-2000. Washington, D.C.: NASA, 2000.
TL795.5 .A44 2000 BOOKSTACKS
 
Neal, Valerie, Cathleen S. Lewis, and Frank H. Winter. Spaceflight: A Smithsonian Guide. New York, NY: Macmillan USA, 1995. ISBN: 002860007X
TL795 .N43 1995 BOOKSTACKS
 
Portree, David S. F., and Robert C. Trevino. Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 1997.
TL797.P67 W3 1997 BOOKSTACKS
Note: This title is available online at the website of the NASA HQ History Office.
 
Renstrom, Arthur George. Wilbur & Orville Wright: A Reissue of a Chronology Commemorating the Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Orville Wright, August 19, 1871. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 2003.
TL540 .W7 R46 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Note: This title is available online at the website of the NASA HQ History Office.
 
Rumerman, Judy A. US Human Spaceflight: A Record of Achievement, 1961-2006. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 2007
TL789.8 .U5 H86 2007BOOKSTACKS
Note: This title is available online at the website of the NASA HQ History Office.
 
Rumerman, Judy A., and Stephen J. Garber. Chronology of Space Shuttle Flights 1981-2000. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 2000
TL795.5 .C47 2000 BOOKSTACKS
 
Shayler, David, and Ian A Moule. Women in Space: Following Valentina. Chichester, UK: Praxis Pub. 2005. ISBN: 1852337443
TL789.85 .W66 S53 2005 BOOKSTACKS
 
Siddiqi, Asif A. Deep Space Chronicle: A Chronology of Deep Space and Planetary Probes, 1958-2000. Washington, D.C.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Office of External Relations, NASA History Office, 2002.
TL790 .S53 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Note: This title is available online at the website of the NASA HQ History Office.
 
Zimmerman, Robert. The Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space. Phoeniz, AZ: Oryx Press, 2000. ISBN: 1573561967
QB500.262 .Z56 2000 READY REFERENCE

Periodicals

"Monthly Launch Report", Space News
A table of either predicted date or actual date of launch, launch site, vehicle and provider, payload and owner, and outcome or purpose of launches on a monthly basis.
 
"Satellite Digest", Spaceflight
Includes a table of spacecraft, with international designation, date, launch site, vehicle, approximate mass, and orbital details, updates to previous launches, ISS activity, and orbital decays.

Internet Resources

NASA Websites
 
Bell, Edwin. Spacewarn Bulletin. July 2011 [May 7, 2012]
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/spacewarn/spacewarn.html
Spacewarn was a monthly bulletin of recent launches by all of the spacefaring powers and links to news about satellites whose orbits are decaying. Publication ceased in 2011, but the bulletins are still available.
 
Garber, Steve. History Timelines. March 8, 2011 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/timeline.html
 
Kauderer, Amiko. Consolidated Launch Manifest. May 4, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html
Note: This website only covers flights to the International Space Station.
 
__________. Space Shuttle Mission Archives. Aug. 29, 2011 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/list_main.html
 
Koehler, Keith. Wallops Launch Events. April 3, 2008 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/events/index.html
 
Ryba, Jeanne. NASA Missions Event Archive. Sept. 21, 2011 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/timeline/anniversary_dates/index.html
This website lets you check on a calendar date to see what happened on that day at NASA.
 
Smith, Yvette. Current Missions. March 29, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/current/index.html
 
__________. Future Missions. Feb. 8, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/future/index.html
 
__________. Missions Highlights. May 1, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/index.html
This website lists all NASA missions and allows you to search for specific missions.
 
__________. Past Missions. April 21, 2011 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.nasa.gov/missions/past/index.html
Note: This website covers both manned and unmanned missions. Because the Voyager probes are still conducting observations, they are listed as current.
 
Williams, David R. Chronology of Lunar and Planetary Exploration. Jan. 17, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/chrono.html
 
Other Websites
 
McDowell, Jonathan. Jonathan's Space Report. May 7, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.planet4589.org/
Jonathan's Space Report is a biweekly newsletter of space news and launches.
 
UN Office of Outer Space Affairs. Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space. May 7, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/SORegister/index.html
 
__________. Space Activities of Member States and International Organizations. May 7, 2012 [May 7, 2012]
http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/natact/index.html

Last Updated: May 2012