Selected Internet Resources -- Aeronautics and Astronautics
Science Reference Section
Science, Technology, and Business Division
Library of Congress
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Aerofiles: a century of American aviation
Aerofiles is a comprehensive, non-commercial, free-access web site dedicated to the aviation history of North America and the airplanes that have graced its skies for 100 years.
Air University Library's Index to Military Periodicals (AULIMP)
The Air University Library's Index to Military Periodicals is a subject index to significant articles, news items, and editorials from English language military and aeronautical periodicals. The Index contains citations since 1988 and is updated continuously.
for Space Studies
The Goddard Institute for Space Studies is a division of Goddard
Space Flight Center's Earth Sciences Directorate. It was established in 1961
to do basic research in space and earth sciences in support of Goddard programs.
GISS works cooperatively with area universities and research organizations.
Johnson Space Center
The Johnson Space Center, located in Houston, Texas, is the
host center for the Space Station Program Office, and manages the development
and operation of the space shuttle, a manned space transportation system developed
for the United States by NASA.
Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center designs, constructs, operates, and
maintains space vehicle facilities and ground support equipment for launch and
The Marshall Center is one of NASA's largest centers, occupying
1,800 acres in Huntsville, Alabama. Its primary mission is to lead the Agency
to develop and maintain space transportation and propulsion systems and conduct
NASA Ames Research
In contributing to NASA, the Ames mission is to research, develop,
and transfer leading edge aeronautical technologies through the unique integration
of computation, simulation, ground and flight experimentation, and information
sciences; answer fundamental questions concerning evolution ranging from astronomical
and planetary environments to life, the adaptation of living systems to space,
and the health of our planet and develop technologies for space flight; design,
develop and deliver integrated information systems technologies and applications,
enabling revolutionary advances in aeronautics and space.
NASA Glenn Research
The NASA Glenn Research Center defines and develops advanced
technology for high priority national needs. The work of the Center is directed
toward new propulsion, power, and communications technologies for application
to aeronautics and space. The Center has been designated as the NASA Lead Center
for Aeropropulsion. It is NASA's Center of Excellence in turbomachinery. It also
leads NASA's research in the microgravity science disciples of fluid physics,
combustion science, and some materials science.
NASA Goddard Space
The mission of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand
knowledge of the earth and its environment, the solar system and universe through
observations from space.
As the nexus of NASA's major aeronautical and space programs,
NASA Headquarters is the voice of the Agency. Through sound agency management,
integral functional/staff offices, and a vigorous enterprise management, NASA
Headquarters integrates NASA as an aggregate sum of its many parts.
NASA Jet Propulsion
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is operated under contract
by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California, develops spacecraft
and space sensors. It conducts mission operations and ground-based research in
support of solar system exploration, earth science and applications, earth and
ocean dynamics, space physics and astronomy, and life science and information
NASA Langley Research
NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia has been
instrumental in shaping aerospace history for more than eight decades. Established
in 1917 as the first national civil aeronautics laboratory, NASA Langley has
become a world-class center for aeronautics, earth science, space technology,
and structures and materials research.
See especially: Langley Technical Reports Server
LTRS is a service which allows users to search available online
NASA published documents, including Meeting Presentations, Journal Articles,
Conference Proceedings, and Technical Reports. Many documents are available in
compressed PostScript and PDF formats. All documents are unclassified and publicly
available. Documents published prior to 1959 can be found on the NACA
Reports Server at http://naca.larc.nasa.gov.
NASA on the Commons
Provided by NASA, this site catalogs over 1,000 high-quality
photos related to space and space exploration. The collection may be browsed
by subject or center or keyword-searched. The images are offered as thumbnails
with three resolution options and text descriptions. There are some really neat
images here, and the site is well worth a visit.
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics: NACA Technical Reports Server
The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) was chartered in 1915 and operational from 1917-1958. The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 created NASA from NACA.
and Space Administration (NASA)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration conducts
research concerning the problems of flight within and outside the earth's atmosphere
and develops, constructs, tests, and operates aeronautical and space vehicles.
It conducts activities required for the exploration of space with manned and
unmanned vehicles and arranges for the most effective utilization of scientific
and engineering resources of the United States with other nations engaged in
aeronautical and space activities for peaceful purposes.
See especially: NASA Technical Reports Server
Provides public access to NASA's technical literature.
National Aerospace Library of the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK)
The National Aerospace Library cares for material relating to aviation, aircraft, aerospace technology, air power and ballooning, from the past, present and future. This unique collection contains personal papers of some of the great figures from aviation history, including Sir George Cayley and the design drawings of FS Barnwell to name but two. It also hold company brochures, Air Ministry and Ministry of Aircraft Production Publications and World War II intelligence reports.