Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs 60 to 70 original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series.
Chapter : U.S. and Iranian Leaders Remark on Attacks : January 3, January 8, and January 9, 2020
NASA Remarks on Successful SpaceX Launch : May 30 and August 2, 2020
For nearly ten years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) relied on its Russian counterparts to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). That changed in May 2020, when NASA and SpaceX launched—and later landed—a manned test flight of the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft. The first mission launched from U.S. soil since the space shuttle was retired, Demo-2’s success paved the way for Crew Dragon to be certified for long-duration operational flights and enabled NASA and SpaceX to schedule future flights of the privately designed and built spacecraft.
NASA Turns to Private Partners for U.S. Launches
NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 ...