Breaking Barriers: Space Program and Exploration

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Representative Edward Roybal’s rocket-shaped campaign button was likely produced early in his career, reflecting the influence of President Kennedy’s New Frontier movement and the Space Race of the 1960s. Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Representative Edward Roybal’s rocket-shaped campaign button was likely produced early in his career, reflecting the influence of President Kennedy’s New Frontier movement and the Space Race of the 1960s.

Outer Space Records
House documents covering outer space programs.

First Major NASA Appropriation
A historical highlight on funding NASA for the race to the moon in 1965.

Memorial of the Challenger
A historical highlight describing activity on the House Floor the day the Challenger exploded after launching in 1986.

A Congressional Delegation Witnesses the Apollo 11 Spacecraft Launch
A historical highlight describing the group of Members that traveled to Cape Kennedy, Florida, to watch the historic launch.

Apollo 11 Crew Members Appear Before Joint Meeting of Congress
A historical highlight about the Apollo 11 crew appearing before a Joint Session of Congress in 1969.

Committee on Science and Astronautics
A historical highlight explaining the establishment of the Committee on Science and Astronautics.

Oral History: “Apple Pie and America”

Tish Schwartz recalls the thrill of the Space Age and the work of the House Science Committee. 

Oral History: An Amazing Opportunity
Tish Schwartz remembers attending an early space shuttle launch.

Featured Objects and Records

Astronaut John Glenn Addresses a Joint Meeting of Congress
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Astronaut John Glenn addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress just days after becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Gemini 5 Astronauts Address Congress
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On September 14, 1965, the House welcomed Gemini 5 astronauts L. Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad, Jr., back to Earth after an eight-day orbital flight. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Representative Gus Hawkins of California and an Astronaut Suit
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Congressman Gus Hawkins checked out a prototype Apollo spacesuit in 1966. Read more about this object.
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
NASA Appropriations Bill
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This bill appropriated $480,550,000 to the recently created National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1959. Read more about this record.
Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration