By Margaret Kaiser ~
On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 crew members Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. This mission was the fulfillment of the challenge President John F. Kennedy set for the nation in 1961 to land a man on the moon, and safely return him to Earth before the end of the decade.
Since its creation in 1958, NASA’s scientific and technological accomplishments have not only increased our knowledge of the universe but also led to much medical research and many improvements in life both on earth and in space. Today, NASA continues to fund and conduct cutting-edge research.
Among a wonderful collection of materials the National Library of Medicine acquired from NASA in 2014 are a number of reports including the Apollo 11 Preliminary Science Report (Washington D.C., 1969). Studies on health and safety issues during long-duration missions in space, as well as materials on the International Space Station (ISS) are also included. NIH and NASA have a history of collaboration which began in the Project Gemini era of early human spaceflight in the 1960s and continues today as we look for opportunities to encourage and facilitate space-related health research.
You can explore research funded by NASA in PubSpace a subset of PubMed Central, NLM’s full-text, online archive of journal literature. In our PubMed database, you can filter for space life sciences literature citations by using the term: space [sb]. Materials acquired by NLM from the NASA in 2014 can be accessed through the NLM holdings catalog LocatorPlus via a keyword search on “NASA Space Life and Physical Sciences Research Division”.
Margaret Kaiser is Acquisitions Librarian for the Rare Books and Early Manuscripts Section in the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.