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Key Space Policy Documents A useful reference to documents including such as highlights as the 1958 Space Act (which established NASA), key Apollo papers, and recommendations of the Augustine Commission.

NACA/NASA Research Projects Receiving the Collier Trophy Award The Collier Trophy is the most prestigious award for aerospace achievement. NACA/NASA projects have won it twenty times since its inception in 1911. Most recently, the agency won in 1993 for its success on the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission.

NASA Human Spaceflight Programs Want a rundown on Project Gemini? Need information on the Apollo-Soyuz mission? This site covers human spaceflight from Project Mercury to the Space Shuttle.

NASA Astronauts Look up biographical information on astronauts, astronaut selection by groups, and other historical information.

Sputnik. This site provides information on the launch of the world's first artificial satellite on October 4, 1957 as well as covering the related topics of the International Geophysical Year and the Vanguard and Explorer projects.

Major NASA Planetary Probes This site provides information on famous programs such as Pioneer and Voyager plus exciting details on more recent missions such as Magellan and Galileo.

Major NASA Lunar Probes Spans lunar spacecraft programs from Ranger to Clementine.

The X-33 History Homepage Dr. Andrew J. Butrica, the X-33 project historian, has assembled much useful information on this experimental program to create affordable reusable launch vehicle technology.

Communications Satellites Starts with a useful overview of the early history of satellite communications and includes information on NASA's current Advanced Communications Technology Satellite.

Earth Science Satellites NASA has been involved with projects ranging from Landsat to TOPEX/POSEIDON and the Earth Observing System (EOS).

Weather Satellites Check out information on programs such as Tiros and Nimbus.

History of Rockets This site provides a brief history of rockets, including drawings and simple diagrams.

Links to NASA Headquarters Astronautics Offices Learn more about current efforts in human space flight as well as space, Earth, and microgravity sciences.

NASA Image Exchange (NIX) This is a useful search tool to find photos from various NASA Headquarters and Field Centers. It is expanding rapidly but not all Centers are covered yet.

Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator

For further information email histinfo@hq.nasa.gov

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