File: "NASA 1"

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers from a folder labelled 'NASA 1'. Material relates to correspondence between ZK and space scientists at the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), mainly at the The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), regarding research contracts and proposals for research.

The Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a major NASA space research laboratory outside of Washington, D.C., USA. Established in 1959 as NASA's first space flight center, GSFC is named in recognition of American physicist and rocket propulsion pioneer Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945). One of ten such facilities, GSFC is home to the nation's largest organisation of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe.

Material regarding NASA and Aeronautical Chart and Information Centre, United States Air Forcer (USAF), Grant No. NsG-297-62. A collaborative programme in lunar photography between the Universities of Manchester, England and Kyoto, Japan. Correspondence between ZK and NASA Grant No. NsG-297-62 project partners, including: J. Hanson, University of Manchester, regarding transfers of money to Professor S. Miyamoto, Director of Kaswan Observatory, University of Kyoto, Japan; and Grubb Parsons regarding a 1 metre reflecting telescope for the University of Kyoto.

Also, ZK/NASA correspondence: Technical Directors of Apollo Study at Texas Instruments Incorporated regarding assisting them with determining Optimum measurements, experiments and geologic-geo-physical studies to be made on the lunar surface during the Apollo programme; Dr. Umer Liddel, Officer of Space Science Applications, NASA, regarding lunar luminescence; Dr. Arnold Frutkin, Director, Office of International Programs, NASA, regarding the British National Committee for Space Research sounding rocket experiments and Skylark rocket programme; NASA request to The Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Jodrell Bank Observatory for copies of various technical reports including, 'A Method for the Evaluation of Image sharpness in Lunar Negatices' by T. Rackham, Contract No. AF 61 (052) 496; ZK visit to GSFC; information on the 'Moon-Blink' device; 'pimples' on the Mare Traquillitatis; Dr. Homer Newell, Space Science Applications, NASA, regarding data collected by Ranger I, III, V, VII, VIII and IX spacecraft; ZK lecture on Lunar Luminescence at NASA's George Marshall Space Flight Centre, Huntsville, Alabama, USA; Dr. martin J. Swetnick, Lunar Orbiter Program, NASA, regarding photographic data collected by Lunar Orbiters; NASA publication, Exploring Space with a Camera and ZK proposed publication 'Telescopes in Space'; and Dr T. W. Rackham's evaluation of the 'Moon-Blink' apparatus.

Project Moon-Blink was a NASA project created in 1965-1966, for the exploration of unusual phenomena (anomalies) on the surface of the Moon. Work creating 'Moon-Blink' apparatus was performed by Trident Engineering Associates (Annapolis, Maryland) under contract NAS 5-9613, 1965, at the Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland).

Also, a letter from J. D. Mckenny, Vice President, Space Missions, on behalf of himself and ZK, to Dr. John (Jack) W. Townsend, Jr., NASA, Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC), Maryland, requesting data on the Delta lunar mission capability to research a possible application for Thor-Delta in a European lunar space mission [1965].

The Delta E, or Thor-Delta E was an American expendable launch system used for twenty-three orbital launches between 1965 and 1971. Thor-Delta was a member of the Delta family of rockets. Delta E rockets were launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 17 and Vandenberg Air Force Base Space Launch Complex 2E. All 23 flights were successful.

Other material includes: Grubb Parsons tender and an illustrated report on Lunar Orbiter photographic data. File 2. contains a number of technical reports relating to NASA and Aeronautical Chart and Information Centre, United States Air Forcer (USAF), Grant No. NsG-297-62. A collaborative programme in lunar photography between the Universities of Manchester, England and Kyoto, Japan.