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Legislative Research and Space Law

Revised: Aug. 2012

NASA, like the other federal agencies, is funded and given an agenda by Congress. Also, a framework of laws, cases, and treaties keeps NASA and other satellite launchers and operators from interfering with one another and allows the courts to handle lawsuits regarding damaged satellites. The NASA HQ library holds Congressional hearings on various subjects, policy reports, and colloquia on law in outer space. Internal NASA policies are located at the NASA Online Directives Information System, or NODIS. You may also find items of interest in our webpages on Management and Policy Documents, Science Policy, Military Space, Space Commercialization and Space Tourism, and International Cooperation in Space. If you are a NASA employee, please consider subscribing to our news alert on government reports to get the latest links to NASA-related reports from different agencies and committees.

The following is a select bibliography of pertinent materials accessible to the patrons of the NASA HQ Library. 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 E-books Journals Internet Resources


Abeyratne, R.I.R. Frontiers of Aerospace Law. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2002. ISBN: 0754619494
KZD1145 .A23 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Button, Kenneth John, Julianne Lammersen-Baum, and Roger Stough (eds.). Defining Aerospace Policy: Essays in Honor of Francis T. Hoban. Aldershot, Hants, England; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2004. ISBN: 0754642259
HD9711.5 .A2 D43 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space. Proceedings of the Forty-Eighth Colloquium on the Law of Outer Space, 17-21 October 2005, Fukuoka, Japan. Reston, VA: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2006. ISBN: 1563478277
KZD 1024 .I48 2005 BOOKSTACKS
The library has copies of previous colloquia.
Doyle, Stephen E. The Origins of Space Law and the International Institute of Space Law of the International Astronautical Federation. San Diego, CA: Univelt, 2002. ISBN: 0912183179
KZD1024 .D69 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Haanappel, P.P.C. The Law and Policy of Air Space and Outer Space: A Comparative Approach. The Hague, The Netherlands; New York, NY: Kluwer Law International, 2003. ISBN: 9041121293
KZD1145 .H33 2003 BOOKSTACKS
International Astronautical Federation. Highlights in Space 2011: Progress in Space Science, Technology and Applications, International Cooperation and Space Law . New York, NY: United Nations, 2011.
QB500.26 .H638 2011 BOOKSTACKS
The library has copies of previous annuals.
National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law. Final Report: March 2010-March 2011. Oxford, MS: University of Mississippi School of Law, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air, and Space Law, 2011.
KZD1340 .N334 R737 2011 BOOKSTACKS
Obama, Barack. National Space Policy of the United States of America. Washington, DC: Executive Office of the President, 2010.
JZ5695. N385 S633 2010 BOOKSTACKS
The library has copies of previous presidential space policies.
PCA International Law Seminar. Arbitration in Air, Space, and Telecommunications Law: Enforcing Regulatory Measures. The Hague, The Netherlands; Boston, MA: Kluwer Law International, 2002. ISBN: 9041117733
KZD1141 .P38 2001 BOOKSTACKS
Sadeh, Eligar (ed.). Space Politics and Policy: An Evolutionary Perspective. Dordrecht, The Netherlands; Boston, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 1402008791
TL789.8 .U5 S592 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Taylor, Michael W. Orbital Debris: Technical and Legal Issues and Solutions. Montreal, Que.: Institute of Air and Space Law, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2006.
TL1499 .T1395 2006 BOOKSTACKS
United Nations. Office for Outer Space Affairs. United Nations Treaties and Principles on Outer Space: Text of Treaties and Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space and Related Resolutions Adopted by the General Assembly. New York, NY: United Nations, 2008.
KZD1120 .U558X 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Workshop on International Legal Regimes Governing Space Activities. Final Report: American Astronautical Society International Programs Committee Workshop on International Legal Regimes Governing Space Activities. Springfield, VA: American Astronautical Society, 2001.
KZD1141 .W67 2001 BOOKSTACKS


The e-books listed below are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24×7 service of SATERN.
Jankowsky, Joel, et al. Inside the Minds: Political Powerhouses: Beltway Insiders on the Way Washington Works. Aspatore Books, 2003. ISBN: 9781587620362
Jensen, John E. Quick Reference to Federal Appropriations Law. Management Concepts, 2002. ISBN: 9781567261158


Please feel free to visit us from 7:30 to 5:00, Monday through Friday, or, if you are a NASA HQ civil servant, detailee, or contractor, you can read these journals online.
Aerospace Daily and Defense Report
Aviation Week and Space Technology
Government Executive
National Journal
Quest: The History of Spaceflight Quarterly
Space Policy

Internet Resources

NASA Resources
Burns, Laura. NASA Office of the General Counsel. July 2, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
Campbell, Michelle. NASA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. Aug. 22, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
Garber, Stephen. Key Documents in the History of Space Policy. Aug. 7, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
American Resources
AAAS. Office of Government Relations. July 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
George Mason University. Center for Aerospace Policy Research. March 19, 2009. [Aug. 22, 2012]
George Washington University. Space Policy Institute. Aug. 17, 2012. [Aug. 22, 2012]
Government Printing Office. Code of Federal Regulations. 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
__________. United States Code. 2011. [Aug. 22, 2012]
House Committee on Science and Technology. Aug. 21, 2012. [Aug. 22, 2012]
Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Aug. 9, 2012. [Aug. 22, 2012]
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Aug. 21, 2012. [Aug. 22, 2012]
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Aug. 20, 2012. [Aug. 22, 2012]
University of Mississippi. National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law. Aug. 13, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
International Resources
European Space Agency. European Centre for Space Law. July 21, 2010 [Aug. 22, 2012]
International Institute of Space Law. Aug. 20, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
International Law Association. Space Law Committee. 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
McGill University. Institute of Air and Space Law. July 3, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Aug. 22, 2012 [Aug. 22, 2012]

Last Updated: Aug. 2012