A Genealogue Exclusive [What's That?]NASA will announce on Monday an exclusive partnership with Ancestry.com to digitize and place online all the passenger lists created by the agency since its creation in 1958.
"This is exciting news for genealogists," says NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. "These passenger manifests will let them see their ancestors in a whole new light."
As an example, he pulls from a folder a record dated July 1969.
"We found this in a desk drawer just recently. It's kind of hard to read, but we believe the name at the top is Armstrong. Who knows, this person might still have family members living. This record will help pull their relative out of the shadows of history. If you'll notice, even his height was written down!"
Other details include age, hair color, and Tang consumption during flight.
Ancestry.com, according to a spokesman, is equally excited about the partnership, which will allow the company to add "literally dozens" of names to its index.
This news comes on the heels of an announcement in January that WorldVitalRecords.com has reached a similar deal with Mexico's space agency.