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Government Book Talk: Not Just Space: Celebrating NASA’s Anniversary by Exploring the Aeronautics Program

Not Just Space: Celebrating NASA’s Anniversary by Exploring the Aeronautics Program

by Trudy Hawkins

NASAbook NASAlogoThis month marks NASA’s 56th anniversary. In those 56 years, NASA has made amazing contributions to modern American life. Yet, people often forget that many of NASA’s most meaningful contributions have nothing to do with space exploration. The fascinating book, NASA’s First A: Aeronautics from 1958 to 2008 by Robert G. Ferguson shines a light on NASA’s aeronautics program, an important but often underappreciated part of the agency.

The book explains that while the aeronautics program is often overshadowed by the more glamorous space program, aeronautics research has had a direct and undeniable impact on both commercial and military technology. The book illustrates the importance of the aeronautics program by offering up a chronological history of the aeronautics program including the major research areas and important technological contributions of the program.

The chronological history of the aeronautics program begins in the book’s second chapter, which covers NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), the predecessor of NASA. Chapter three focuses on the creation of NASA and how aeronautics fit into the new agency as well as the contributions the program made to the “space race.” Chapter four covers the 1970s, a time when NASA faced pressures to contribute solutions to increasing energy and environmental problems and aeronautics research shifted to help tackle some of these issues. The fifth chapter discusses the 1980s when the Cold War created a strong focus on aeronautical R&D. The chapter also covers more quotidian, but equally important, contributions of the aeronautics program, like troubleshooting for wind shear and icing. Chapter six is about the 1990s, and focuses on aeronautics after the Cold War as well as the creation and eventual demise of two major aeronautics programs, the High Speed Research Program and the Advanced Subsonic Technology Program. The seventh chapter is the end of the book’s chronological history and it covers the three major research areas of the early 2000s: blended wing body design research, intergraded scramjet research, and air traffic control research.

The book is a great read. It offers an interesting introductory history of NASA’s aeronautics program, and readers will certainly no longer make the mistake of thinking that NASA is only concerned with space.

HOW DO I OBTAIN THIS PUBLICATION?

Shop Online Anytime: You can buy this as well as the following new publications from NASA (with FREE Standard Shipping worldwide) from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore website at http://bookstore.gpo.gov:

Shop our Retail Store: Buy a copy of any print editions from this collection at GPO’s retail bookstore at 710 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20401, open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., except Federal holidays, Call (202) 512-0132 for information or to arrange in-store pick-up.

Order by Phone: Call our Customer Contact Center Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (except US Federal holidays). From US and Canada, call toll-free 1.866.512.1800. DC or International customers call +1.202.512.1800.

Visit a Federal Depository Library: Search for these in a nearby Federal depository library. You can find the records for most titles in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or CGP.

About the author: Our guest blogger is Megan Martinsen, Graduate Intern in GPO’s Library Services & Content Management Division

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Warren Commission Report Available on GPO’s Federal Digital System

 

As Americans observe the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has made the official, digital version of the Warren Commission Report available on the agency’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The commission was created by President Lyndon Johnson and chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate President Kennedy’s assassination. The 900-page report is available on FDsys, a one-stop site to authentic, published information on the three branches of the Federal Government. The report contains numerous photos, maps and diagrams from the scene in Dallas, TX. Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library, a Federal depository library, provided a copy of the report for digitization.

GPO produced the Warren Commission Report in 1964. The report is backed up by 26 volumes of hearings conducted by the Commission, which GPO also printed. Altogether, GPO’s work for the Commission resulted in nearly 235,000 copies of the report and nearly 5,600 sets of the hearings. All of these materials were made available to the public through distribution to Federal depository libraries nationwide and sales via GPO’s bookstores.

“The publication and dissemination of the Warren Commission Report is an example of how GPO has adapted to technological changes during the last half century,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO’s presses first printed the report in 1964. Through partnerships with the Library of Congress and the Lauinger Library, GPO is now able to make the report available digitally on the anniversary of this tragic event.”

The post President Kennedy assassination audio tape recordings of conversations between various individuals in Washington, DC and Air Force One pilots and officials on board during the flight from Dallas to Andrews Air Force Base are also available on FDsys.

Link to Warren Commission Report: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT/pdf/GPO-WARRENCOMMISSIONREPORT.pdf

GPO’s Federal Digital System:  www.fdsys.gov

Link to post assassination audio tape recordings: http://www.gpo.gov/featured/Kennedy.htm

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GPO RELEASES CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER GUIDE APP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2013                                                                                                     No. 13-37

MEDIA CONTACT:  GARY SOMERSET   202.512.1957  |  mb  202.355.3997  |   gsomerset@gpo.gov 

GPO RELEASES CONGRESSIONAL MEMBER GUIDE APP 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has released the Mobile Member Guide app for the 113th Congress. The mobile Web app provides the public with quick, easy access to information on Members of the 113th Congress; the features include their picture, party affiliation, hometown, home state, and length of service. The app allows users to browse for Members of Congress by last name, state, chamber, or party. The public can take advantage of this free mobile Web app on major mobile device platforms.  The app parallels GPO’s release this week of the Pictorial Directory for the 113th Congress, which is widely used on Capitol Hill.  Additional features to the Mobile Member Guide app will be added following the release of the Congressional Directory for the 113th Congress later this fall. 

Link to app: http://m.gpo.gov/memberguide/  

For more information:  http://www.gpo.gov/mobile/ 

“This app is a great digital tool for the public to use to learn more about their elected representatives,” said Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks. “GPO is committed to its role of serving as the official, digital, secure provider of the Federal Government’s information products and services.  As Congress and the public ask for more Government information to be accessible in digital and mobile formats, GPO will continue to meet those expectations. ”   

The print version of the Pictorial Directory for the 113th Congress is available through GPO’s online bookstore: http://bookstore.gpo.gov/products/sku/052-070-07658-5  

The Mobile Member Guide for the 113th Congress is the newest addition to the growing profile of apps developed by GPO. The agency started developing mobile Web apps in 2011 with the Mobile Member Guide for the 112th Congress and then went on to develop more apps including, the  FY 2013 and FY 2014 Budget of the U.S. Government apps, the Presidential Documents app, the Plum Book app, and GPO supported the Library of Congress in developing the Congressional Record app.  

GPO is the Federal Government’s official, digital, secure resource for producing, procuring, cataloging, indexing, authenticating, disseminating, and preserving the official information products of the U.S. Government. The GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three branches of the Federal Government, including U.S. passports for the Department of State as well as the official publications of Congress, the White House, and other Federal agencies in digital and print formats. GPO provides for permanent public access to Federal Government information at no charge through our Federal Digital System (www.fdsys.gov), partnerships with approximately 1,200 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program, and our secure online bookstore. For more information, please visit www.gpo.gov.

 

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2013 Interagency Depository Seminar Virtual Participation Registration Still Open

The Federal Depository Library Program’s 2013 Interagency Depository Seminar will take place July 29 through August 2nd. Virtual programs will be available Monday through Thursday of that week, beginning at 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Registration for virtual participation is still open. Learn more about the virtual programs and register to participate online at:

<http://beta.fdlp.gov/about-the-fdlp/training-and-events/374-about/training-and-events/1603-2013-annual-interagency-depository-seminar-july-29-august-2-2013>

 We look forward to working with you online!

 Cynthia Etkin | Sr. Program Planning Specialist | Office of the Superintendent of Documents | ph 202.512.1180 | mb 202.425.0041

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GPO Now has the President’s FY2011 Budget

The President's Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011 is now available from the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). The public can search or browse the budget, which is accessible from GPO's Federal Digital System at: <

http://fdsys.gpo.gov

>. FY 2011 Budget documents are available in PDF, with many of the tables also available for separate viewing and downloading as spreadsheets in xls and comma delimited formats.

The online PDF versions of the FY 2011 Budget on GPO's Federal Digital System (FDsys) are digitally signed. GPO has signed and certified the PDF files to assure users of the authenticity of the documents. These signatures not only establish GPO as the trusted information disseminator, but also provide the assurance that the electronic PDF documents have not been altered since GPO disseminated them. For more information on authentication see: <

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/authentication>.

The President's budget documents for FY 2011 will be distributed to Federal depository libraries in paper and CD-ROM formats as soon as stock is received by GPO. Additionally, copies of the FY 2011 Budget are available for purchase from the U.S. Government Online Bookstore at <http://bookstore.gpo.gov/collections/budget.jsp> and consist of 4 books and 1 CD-ROM. GPO Stock Numbers are:

* Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00671-1

* Appendix, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00672-9

* Analytical Perspectives, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00674-5

* Historical Tables, Budget of the United States Government, Fiscal Year 2011: GPO Stock Number: 041-001-00673-7

* Budget of the United States Government, February 2010, Fiscal Year 2011, (CD-ROM): GPO Stock Number 041-001-00675-3

GPO's press release about the President's FY 2011 budget is available from <http://www.gpo.gov/pdfs/news-media/press/10news04.pdf>.

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