From space treaties to NASA regu to voting in outer space, the Harris County Law Library celebrates law that’s outta this world.

 Legal documents that launched a new era


National Aeronautics Space Act

The  National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 , contained in the United States Statues at Large,  Pub. L. No. 85-568, 72 Stat. 426-438 , established NASA and marked America’s official entry into the Space Race.

The National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, contained in the United States Statues at Large, Pub. L. No. 85-568, 72 Stat. 426-438, established NASA and marked America’s official entry into the Space Race.


Vote While You Float

CFR Title 14: Aeronautics and Space

The  Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space  details the purpose, function, and organization of NASA as mandated by Congress.

The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14: Aeronautics and Space details the purpose, function, and organization of NASA as mandated by Congress.


Absentee Astronaut Voting in Texas

To accommodate the many astronauts who live in Texas, the Secretary of State adopted special rules, spelled out in the Texas Administrative Code §81.35, that authorize NASA to implement procedures for casting ballots in outer space.


Outer Space Treaty (1967)

The multilateral agreement that established the governance of state activities in the exploration and use of outer space was signed by more than 100 countries. It was first proposed by the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in August of 1966.