Exploration

“Captains Lewis and Clark Holding a Council with the Indians,” etching by Patrick Gass, Journals of the . . . Corps of Discovery, 1810

The Congress shall have Power To ... promote the Progress of Science

American exploration has been inspired by individual curiosity and boldness. It has also depended upon government encouragement and financial support. These documents highlight the role Congress has played in promoting scientific investigation and charting the unknown, from the early explorations across the continent to the latest voyages into space.