January 17, 2019

Today in History: NASA & the Space Age

NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Today in History–June 24–the Library of Congress features the dawn of the space age. On this date in 1961, the public learned of President John F. Kennedy‘s letter assigning Vice President Lyndon Johnson to coordinate the U.S. satellite programs. Under Johnson, the National Space Council recommended that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provide policy coordination with all government agencies involved in space flight. Find out more about the U.S. quest to explore the final frontier by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access  primary sources that are out of this world.

NASA image set

NASA reports & other texts

NASA-related legislation

Space activities legislation

Space exploration image set

Space shuttle legislation

Space shuttle image set

Featured Image: Space Shuttle F-1 Engine

Satellites primary source set

Satellite historical newspaper coverage

Dawn of the Space Age (streaming webcast)

Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers  (streaming webcast)

Space Race and the Environment

NASA (official website)

Women’s Achievements in Aviation & Space (NASA online exhibition)

300 Years of Imaginary Space Ships: 1630-1920 blog post, Inside Adams: Science, Technology & Business

Images, videos and audio from NASA

Presidential Spotlight: John F. Kennedy

Presidential Spotlight: Lyndon B. Johnson

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