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

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

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.

10 Images The Discoverer of the North Pole Featured The Claimed Routes of Dr. Frederick Cook and Commander Robert Peary to the North Pole, map by Guilbert Gates, 2009
6 Images Apollo 204 and the Phillips Report Featured The New York Times, front page, January 27, 1967