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The NACA Main Committee at its semiannual meeting 21 April 1921. The Committee had just met with President Harding at the White House. (Photograph used by permission of Underwood Photo Archives Ltd., San Francisco)
NASA maintains an internal history program for two principal reasons: (1) Sponsorship of research in NASA-related history is one way in which NASA responds to the provision of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 that requires NASA to “provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof." (2) Thoughtful study of NASA history can help agency managers accomplish the missions assigned to the agency. Understanding NASA's past aids in understanding its present situation and illuminates possible future directions.
One advantage of working in contemporary history is access to participants. During the research phase, the authors conducted numerous interviews. Subsequently they submitted parts of the manuscript to persons who had participated in or closely observed the events described. Readers were asked to point out errors of fact and questionable interpretations and to provide supporting evidence. The authors then made such changes as they believed justified. The opinions and conclusions set forth in this book are those of the authors; no official of the agency necessarily endorses those opinions or conclusions.
(The NASA history series) (NASA SP; 4103)
Bibliography: p. 305
1. United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics—History. I. Title. II. Series. III. Series: NASA SP; 4103. TL521.612.R58 1985 352.0085'6 83-14137