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Key Documents in the History of Space Policy

1950s - 1960s - 1970s - 1980s - 1990s - 2000 and on


1950s

  • National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, as amended with legislative history showing changes over time. Thanks to Laura Burns from the Office of General Counsel for providing this "codified" version on August 25, 2008.

1960s

  • NASA Future Program Task Group, January 1965. Part 1 (3 MB pdf file) or Part 2 (4 MB pdf file)
  • The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 - The United Nations "Treaty on principles governing the activities of states in the exploration and use of outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies."

1970s

  • Carter Space Program Transition Team Report, January 1977: Part 1 (2MB pdf file) or Part 2 (3MB pdf file)

1980s

1990s

  • Exploring the Moon and Mars: Choices for the Nation, OTA Report for Congress, July 1991: Click here for 3MB pdf file.
  • The Future of the U.S. Space Industrial Base, November 1992 (A Task Group Report): Part 1 (4MB pdf file) or Part 2 (3MB pdf file)
  • A Post Cold War Assessment of U.S. Space Policy, December 1992 (Task Group Report): Part 1 (2MB pdf file) or Part 2 (3MB pdf file)
  • Final report to the President on the U.S. Space Program, January 1993: Part 1 (3MB pdf file) or Part 2 (3MB pdf file)

2000 and on

  • A Renewed Commitment to Excellence: An Assessment of the NASA Agency-wide Applicability of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report, January 30, 2004 (the Diaz Report) Executive Summary or
    Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 of the full report.

    Other Interesting Non-NASA Sites with Space Policy Documents:


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