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Historical Subject Reference Guide

Hot Topics - Check here for easy access to information on our most frequently asked questions.

Aeronautics - What is now known as NASA once began as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Much of what we take for granted in aviation was pioneered by NASA and its predecessor.

Astronautics - Humans have been exploring space for only a short time yet the impact on humanity has been vast. Learn about human spaceflight, robotic exploration of the Moon and planets, as well as satellites used for communications, Earth science, and weather forecasting.

Personnel - Get biographical information on astronauts, key NASA officials, and leaders in science and technology who have pushed back the barriers of knowledge. Also includes an updated report on the NASA workforce over the years.

Technical Diagrams and Drawings - This evolving series of diagrams should be especially interesting and useful for modelers and other space enthusiasts who want to see "blueprints" of various U.S. piloted spacecraft. Check out the various dials and gauges that the Mercury or Apollo astronauts saw in their capsules.

Mission Patches and NASA's Logo- Enjoy our collection of mission patches or learn the history of NASA's famous logo.

Chronologies - Detailed chronologies of air and space developments.

Anniversaries - Check out our special anniversary pages for such landmarks as NASA's birth, the first supersonic flight, the launch of Sputnik, the formation of the Mercury 7, the Apollo 204 (Apollo 1) fire, and the Challenger (STS 51-L) accident.

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Updated February 3, 2003
Steve Garber, NASA History Web Curator
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