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Michael Kapp was the producer of the Bill Dana "Jose Jimenez in Orbit" record album in the 1960s and provider of many of the music tapes broadcast to the Gemini crews from mission control.



Processing Information

The original finding aid was authored by Melissa Carson in 2001 and only provided information about the transcript (textual) materials. The completed finding aid was compiled from item-level database records and now includes a full box listing for 52 boxes of audio materials. The final finding aid and EAD encoding were completed by Amanda Buel in 2019.


Kapp, Michael


1939-1977 and undated


Michael Kapp, Gift, 1969, NASM.XXXX.0138


30.01 Cubic feet (44 legal document boxes; 9 letter document boxes; 8 audio boxes)


This collection consists of reel to reel audio tapes relating to the United States space program. The material includes recordings of events, missions, press conferences, and other happenings from the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs.


No restrictions on access


Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in two series: 1. Audio 2. Transcripts The audio is organized in boxes and identified by the identification number assigned by Kapp. The transcripts are arranged by mission.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a unique group of sound recordings collected by Michael Kapp, constituting an oral history of the U.S. space program from its theoretical beginnings through Apollo 13. Some recordings relating to foreign space programs are also included. The tape collection represents thousands of hours of recordings that were assembled over six years, including blockhouse recordings, launch sounds, telemetry, air-to-ground mission recordings, press conferences, and briefings. Space programs represented include Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and various satellite programs. Recordings include interviews and mission commentary of numerous astronauts, as well as media figures, U.S. Presidents, Congressional leaders, and scientists.


Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests.


Project Apollo (U.S.)

Project Gemini (U.S.)

Project Mercury (U.S.)

Kapp, Michael

Topics Astronautics
Manned space flight
Launch vehicles (Astronautics)
Artificial satellites


United States Space Program Oral History Collection [Kapp], Acc. NASM.XXXX.0138, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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