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Space Science Board, 1958-1974

The NAS Space Science Board (SSB) was appointed in spring 1958 at the request of the Executive Committee of the US National Committee for the International Geophysical Year. The Board's mission was to survey the scientific aspects of the human exploration of space. Accordingly, the SSB provided advice on the continuation and expansion of the IGY's rocket and satellite program, and later advised NASA, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation on aspects of interplanetary probes and space stations, potential problems of manned spaceflight, the exploration of Venus and Mars, and other matters related to space.

The Space Science Board collection covers the years 1958-1974 and contains correspondence, reports, and meeting minutes for a span of 20 linear feet.

Available online:
SSB’s 31 March 1961 letter report to NASA, “Man’s Role in the National Space Program”

INDEX to Space Science Board Collection


ADMINISTRATION

COMMITTEES & Boards

Committee on Atmospheric Sciences: 1961-1962

Space Science Board

Biological Coordinating Group: 1962

Space Science Board Committees

Atmosphere of Earth & Planets: 1961

Chemistry of Space & Exploration of Moon & Planets

Meetings: Fourth: 1961
General: 1961-1962

Environmental Biology

Membership: 1961-1962
Meetings: 1961-1962
Panel on Circadian Rhythms: 1961
Panel on Closed Ecological Systems: 1962
Panel on Gravity: 1962-1964
Panel on Magnetic Radiofrequency & Other Field Effects: 1962-1963
Panel on Radiation Biology: 1962-1963
Panels: General: 1961-1963
Report: 1961-1962
General: 1961-1963

Exobiology: 1961-1962

Geodesy: 1961

High Altitude Rocket & Balloon Research

Meetings: 1962
Membership: 1962-1964
General: 1962-1964

International Relations: 1961-1966

Life Sciences: 1963-1965

Lunar Sample Handling Facility: Ad hoc: 1965

Man in Space

Conference on Radiation Problems Associated with Manned Lunar Landing Program: 1961
End of Program: 1962-1963
Meetings: 1961-1962
Membership: 1961-1962
Planning Group: 1961-1962
Policy & Program: Discussions: 1961-1962
Relationships: NASA: 1961-1962
Relationships: PSAC: 1961-1962
Study of Role of Scientist in Scientific Activities in Space: 1961
Working Group on Gaseous Environment for

Manned Spacecraft: 1962-1964

Working Group on Nutrition & Feeding Problems: 1962-1963
Working Group on Problem of Weightlessness in Space

Flight: 1962-1963

Working Group on Radiation Problems in Spaceflight: 1961-1963
Working Group on Temperature Problems: 1962-1963
General: 1962-1963

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Meteorological Aspects of Satellites: 1961

NASA-University Relations: Ad hoc: 1965

NASA/University Relationships: Ad hoc: 1961-1962

Optical & Radio Astronomy: 1961-1962

Physics of Fields & Particles in Space: 1961-1962

Potential Contamination & Interference from Space

Experiments: 1963-1966

Project West Ford: Ad hoc: 1961-1964

Scientist-Astronaut Selection: Ad hoc: 1965

Surface & Interior of Moon & Planets: 1963

Upper Atmosphere Rocket Research: 1961

 

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Space Science Board

Conferences: Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life

Green Bank WVA: 1961-1962

Executive Committee: 1962-1964

Executive Director: Addresses

International Cooperation in Space Science: 1961

Funding: 1961-1965

Meetings: 9th-21st: 1961-1966

Membership: 1962-1965

Memoranda: Nos 191-414: 1961-1966

Panels

Data & Publications: 1961
Planetary Atmospheres: Ad hoc: 1961-1962
Tracking & Orbit Computation: Ad hoc: 1961

Policy: 1961-1966

Reorganization: 1961-1962

Reports: 1961-1966

Scientific Programs

Cooperation with COSPAR: 1961-1966
Launching Announcements: 1964-1965
Policy: 1961-1966
Study of Contamination of US by Fallout from USSR Atmospheric Atomic Tests: Proposed: 1961
General: 1961-1966

Study Group on Advanced Orbiting Astronomical Observatory: 1962-1964

Summer Studies: 1967 Program

Proposed: 1966

Summer Studies: 1966 Program

Beginning of Program: 1966
Group on Cardiovascular Physiology: 1966
Group on Respiratory Physiology: 1966
Preparation: 1966
General: 1966

Summer Studies: 1965 Program

Background Data: 1965
Beginning of Program: 1964-1965
Committee on Rocket-Satellite Research: 1965-1966
Meetings: 1965
Participants: 1965
Preparation: 1965
Recommendations: 1965
Report: 1965-1966
Working Group on Biology: 1965
Working Group on Internation Cooperation: 1965
Working Group on Medicine & Physiology: 1964-1965
Working Group on NASA-University Relations: 1965
Working Group on Optical Astronomy: 1965
Working Group on Physical Sciences: 1965
Working Group on Planetary & Lunar Exploration: 1964-1965
Working Group on Radio & Radar Astronomy: 1964-1965
Working Group on Role of Man in Space Research: 1965
Working Group on Solar Astronomy: 1965
Working Group on X-Ray & Gamma-ray Astronomy: 1965

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Summer Studies: 1964 Program

Beginning of Program: 1964
Meetings: Plenary: 1964-1965
Participants: 1964
Preparation: 1964
Report: 1964-1966
Steering Commitee: 1964

Summer Studies: 1963 Program

Proposed: 1962

Summer Studies: 1962 Program

Agenda: 1962
Evaluation: 1962-1963
Final Briefing: 1962
NASA Briefings for Study Participants: 1962
NASA Summary: 1964
Participants: 1962
Preparation: 1961-1962
Press Relations: 1962-1963
Proceedings [4 Vols]: 1962
Relations with Committee on Man in Space: 1962
Report: 1962-1963
Working Groups: 1962
General: 1962-1963

Symposia

Gravity & Organism: 1965-1966
Nutrition in Space: 1962-1963

General: 1961-1964

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INSTITUTIONS Associations Individuals

American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics: 1965

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: 1960

Columbia U Council on Atomic Age Studies: 1959

George Washington U Policy Studies Program: 1965

Seminar on Soviet Space Activities: 1965

Symposium on Possible Uses of Earth Satellites: 1958

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Scientific Programs

Project West Ford: 1961-1964

National Conference on Peaceful Uses of Space

Fifth (St Louis): 1965

State U of Iowa Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Scientific Program: INJUN Satellite: 1961

Symposium on Challenge of Nuclear Power & Outer Space to Political Control: 1958

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INTERNATIONAL Relations

Committee on International Organizations & Programs: 1963-1966

Institutions Associations Abroad: 1958-1974

International Congresses: 1959-1974

International Geophysical Year

Scientific Program: Rockets & Satellites: 1958-1962
General: 1958-1963

International Organizations

International Assn of Geodesy: 1960-1974
International Assn of Geomagnetism & Aeronomy: 1960-1966
International Assn of Meterology & Atmospheric Physics: 1963-1966
International Astronautical Federation: 1959-1962
General: 1958-1966

International Unions: Geodesy & Geophysics: 1960-1965

International Unions: ICSU

Bureau: 1958-1959
CETEX (Com on Contamination by Extraterrestrial Exploration): 1958-1959

International Unions: ICSU: COSPAR

Beginning of Program: 1958-1959
Bureau: Meetings [1st-13th]: 1960-1966
Charter & Bylaws: 1959-1966
Committee on Constants & Ephemerides: Ad hoc: 1962-1963
Committee on Polar Cap Absorption Experiments: Ad hoc: 1960-1962
Consultative Group on Potentially Harmful Effects of Space Experiments: 1962-1967
Executive Committee: 1958-1959
Executive Council: 1960-1966
Finance Committee: 1958-1966
Information Bulletin [Nos 1-71, incomplete set]: 1960-1974
Meetings [1st-5th]: 1958-1966
Membership: 1962
National Committees: 1958-1974
Relations with ICSU Unions & Committees: 1958-1967
Reports: 1962-1974
Scientific Program on International Rocket Interval: 1960-1961
Scientific Program on International Rocket Weeks: 1959-1960
Scientific Program on Study of July 1959 Event: 1960
Symposium on Extraterrestrial Biology & Organic Chemistry: 1963
Symposium on Meteorological Uses of Rockets & Satellites: 1960-1962
Symposium on Space Science [1st-7th]: 1960-1966
Symposium on Terrestrial Life in Space: 1963
Working Group on Application of Space Techniques to Atmospheric Circulation: Proposed: 1964-1965
Working Group on Data & Publications: 1959-1966
Working Group on Design & Coordination of Experiments: 1966
Working Group on Education: Ad hoc: 1962-1963
Working Group on International Reference Atmosphere: 1961-1965
Working Group on IQSY (Internatl Years of Quiet Sun): 1962-1965
Working Group on Numeration & Names: 1958-1974
Working Group on Permanent Working Groups: 1958
Working Group on Physics & Chemistry of Near Space: 1963-1965
Working Group on Procedures Rules & Organization and Rotating Membership: 1958
Working Group on Properties of Upper Atmosphere: 1966
Working Group on Scientific Experiments: 1958-1961
Working Group on Space Biology: 1963-1966
Working Group on Tracking: 1958-1966
Working Group on Troposphere & Stratosphere Experiments: 1965-1966
General: 1958-1974

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International Unions: ICSU

Executive Board: 1958-1963
Executive Committee: 1964-1967
Federation of Astronomical & Geophysical Services: 1961
General Assemblies: 1958-1966

International Unions: ICSU: Inter-Union Commissions

Atmospheric Sciences: 1962-1964
Frequency Allocations for Radio Astronomy & Space Science: 1959-1974
Solar-Terrestrial Physics: 1965-1968
Solar-Terrestrial Relationships: 1964-1966
General: 1965-1972

International Unions: ICSU

Working Group on Solar-Terrestrial Physics: 1963-1965
World Data Centers: 1960-1976
General: 1958-1974

International Unions: Radio: 1959-1966

International Unions: General: 1958-1974

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NAS

Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Research: Ad hoc: 1966-1967

ORGANIZATION: NAS: Space Science Board

Beginning of Program: 1958

Chairman (Berkner L V)

Addresses: National Science Policy for Space Age: 1958

ORGANIZATION: NAS: Space Science Board: Committees

Atmospheres of Earth & Planets

Meetings: 1960
Report: 1960
General: 1960

Chemistry of Space & Exploration of Moon & Planets

Meetings: 1958-1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Report: 1959-1960
Subcommittee to Study Mass Spectrometry: 1958-1959
General: 1958-1960

Consideration of Relativistic Clock Experiments: Ad hoc: 1958

Exobiology: 1960

Future Vehicular Development: Proposed: 1958

General Engineering Service & Coordination: 1958-1959

Geodesy: 1959-1960

Immediate Problems: 1958

International Relations: 1958-1960

Interplanetary Probes & Space Stations: Ad hoc: 1958

Ionospheres of Earth & Planets

Meetings: 1958-1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Report: 1958-1960
Working Groups: 1958
General: 1959-1960

Man in Space: 1960

Meteorological Aspects of Satellites

Meetings: 1958-1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Report: 1958-1960

Optical & Radio Astronomy

Meetings: 1958-1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Report: 1958-1960
General: 1958-1960

Physics of Fields & Particles in Space

Meetings: 1958-1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Report: 1958-1960
Subcommittee on Emulsion Blocks: 1958-1960

Programming: 1958-1969

Project West Ford: Ad hoc: 1960

Psychological & Biological Research

Meetings: 1960
Membership: 1958-1960
Reorganization: 1960
Report: 1958-1960
General: 1958-1960

Space Projects: 1958-1960

Upper Atmosphere Rocket Research

Meetings: 1960
Membership: 1959-1960
General: 1959-1960

WESTEX: Ad hoc: 1959-1960

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ORGANIZATION: NAS: Space Science Board

Conferences

Analysis of Meteorites: 1959-1960
Photochemistry of Far Ultraviolet: 1959
Planetary Atmospheres: 1960
Radar Astronomy: 1959

Group on Physics of Planetary Surfaces & Atmospheres

Jt with Armed Forces-NRC Committee on Bio-Astronautics: Proposed: 1959-1960

Group on Space Probe Sterilization: Ad hoc: 1959

Meetings

High Altitude Photography: Jt with Air Force: 1960
Problems of Detecting Extraterrestrial Life: 1958-1959
Relations with COSPAR: 1960
[1st-8th]: 1958-1960

Membership: 1958-1960

Memoranda: Nos 1-190: 1958-1960

Panels

Data & Publications: 1959-1960
Planetary Atmospheres: Ad hoc: 1960
Tracking & Orbit Computation: Ad hoc: 1960

Relationships

Armed Forces-NRC Committee on Bio-Astronautics: 1958-1960

Reports

Science in Space: 1959-1960
General: 1958-1960

Requests for Support

Proposals: 1958-1959
Recommendations: 1958-1959

Scientific Programs

Policy: 1958-1960
Ten Year Program Proposed: 1959
General: 1958-1960

Working Groups

Planetary Atmospheres: Ad hoc: 1960
Upper Atmosphere Rocket Research: Ad hoc: 1959

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 DIVISIONS OF THE NRC

MATHEMATICS

Committee on Space Mathematics: Ad hoc

Meetings: 1960-1962
Report to Space Science Board: 1962-1963
Survey of Mathematicians & Mathematical Problems in Connection with Space Activities: 1960-1961
General: 1960-1963

MEDICAL Sciences

Armed Forces-NRC Committee on Bio-Astronautics: 1959-1962

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PHYSICAL Sciences

Space Science Board: Committees

Annual Review of COSPAR Sterilization Objectives: Ad hoc: 1967
International Relations: 1967-1969
Large Space Telescope: Ad hoc: 1969
Life Sciences: 1967-1968
Space Biology & Medicine: 1971-1973
Space Medicine: 1969-1971
Water Quality Standards for Long-Duration Manned Space Missions: Ad hoc: 1967

Space Science Board: Meetings

Possible Approaches to Soviet Union on Sterilization of Mars Spacecraft: 1968
Relations with COSPAR: 1968
[22nd-32nd]: 1967-1970

Space Science Board

Membership: 1967
Memoranda: 1969-1972
Memoranda: Nos 415-171: 1967-1968
Panel on Earth-Orbital Astronomy: Ad hoc: 1968
Panel on Quarantine of Venus: Ad hoc: 1967
Reports: 1967-1973
Scientific Programs: 1967-1972
Studies: Human Factors in Long-Duration Spaceflight: 1967-1972

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1973 Program

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1971 Program

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1970 Program

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1969 Program

Microbiology: 1969-1970
Physics of Outer Solar System: 1969
Space Biology: 1968-1970

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1968 Program

Space Science Board Summer Studies: 1966 Program

Group on Cardiovascular Physiology: 1968
Group on Respiratory Physiology: 1967-1968
Report: 1967-1968

Space Science Board: Symposia

Gravity & Organism: 1967-1971

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 FINANCE & ACCOUNTING

CONTRACTS

Space Science Board Studies

Human Factors in Long-Duration Spaceflight: 1967-1972

Space Science Board Summer Studies

1969 Program
1964 Program
1962 Program

FINANCE

Funds: Grants: 1960-1966


 GOVERNMENT

AGENCIES & Departments

Air Force: 1958-1974

Commerce

Weather Bureau: 1958-1961

Defense

Inter-range Instrumentation Group: 1960-1962
General: 1958-1964

Federal Communications Commission: 1959

NASA

Aeronautics & Astronautics Coordinating Board: 1960-1964
Conferences: 1959-1965
Cooperation with COSPAR: 1958-1964
Offices: 1960-1965
Reports: 1959-1965

NASA Scientific Programs

Apollo: 1961-1968
Cooperation w Great Britain: 1959-1960
Cooperation w IQSY: 1961-1963
Cooperation w USSR: 1959-1965
Funding: 1959-1967
Life Sciences: 1960-1970
Manned Space Flight: 1961-1969
Mercury: 1959-1962
Planetary Exploration: 1960-1967
Policy: 1958-1965
Rocket Soundings: 1960-1964
Satellites: 1959-1965
Summaries: 1959-1965
General: 1959-1969

NASA Working Groups

Follow-on Surveyor Instrumentation: Ad hoc: 1963-1964
NASA-University Relationships: 1961

NASA General: 1958-1968

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CONGRESS

Committee on Science & Astronautics

Panel on Science & Technology: 1962

EXECUTIVE

National Aeronautics & Space Council: 1959-1965

President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC): 1958-1965

General: 1958-1966

INTERNATIONAL Relations

International Agreements: 1960-1965

Treaties: US-USSR: Space Treaty Proposed: 1966

United Nations

Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 1958-1974
International Cooperation Year: 1965
International Telecommunications Union: 1958-1963
World Meteorological Organization: 1962-1974

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