Guide to NASA Resources for Space Policy Debate Participants
Revised: Jan. 2012
The NASA HQ library suggests several resources to help policy debate teams:
- NASA HQ library bibliographies: This page links to dozens of webpages, each between two to four pages long, including relevant NASA policies, books in the library's collection, e-books, some of which are free e-books from the National Academies Press, articles and technical reports, many of which are freely available from the NASA Technical Reports Server, also called the NTRS, and links to relevant websites both inside and outside NASA.
- Management and Policy Documents: This page is a list of links to NASA's budgets, proposed budgets, and other scanned documents that are vital to understanding how NASA functions and its role in the federal government. Many of them are internally generated unclassified documents available in the library in hardcopy, but are difficult to find elsewhere.
- NASA Technical Report Server (NTRS): Many of NASA's technical reports and presentations are available at no cost online. In order to view the reports cited in the bibliographies, copy the document ID, open a tab to the NTRS, and paste the document ID in the search window. You can also conduct your own searches. The search terms can be discovered at the webpage of the NASA Thesaurus Machine Aided Indexing.
- NASA History Series Publications: This webpage is a list of links to books, either in HTML or PDF form, that study the history of NASA and space policy.
- Why We Explore: A collection of articles from the History Office at NASA HQ, covering different issues regarding space exploration, written by Steven Dick, who was NASA's Chief Historian until 2009.
- HQ Historical Reference Collection: Transcripts of speeches by NASA administrators and other major officials, mission transcripts, and press releases for historic missions can all be found here.
Last Updated: Jan. 2012