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A Short Introduction to Outer Space

The volume is slim, just seventeen pages long–an elegant, tall rectangle of cream-colored paper. Looking at the scanned pages, it seems almost possible to reach out and touch the yellowed crease of the cover, the rusted staples.

“INTRODUCTION TO OUTER SPACE,” the booklet reads. “THE WHITE HOUSE; March 26, 1958.”

What follows is a primer on space science and space exploration, written by Dwight Eisenhower’s Science Advisory Committee, prepared to explain to “the nontechnical reader” the aims of and reasons for the United States space program.

Space Law Probe has a link to the whole document, hosted by the Federation of American Scientists.


Image credit: Federation of American Scientists