I need to cite a NASA document, namely the Mars Design Reference Architecture 5.0. This is a collective document, written with contributions from multiple members. Writing just the name of the editor as the author doesn't seem the correct way but neither does writing every contributor (the document has a page just to list everyone).

I want to know if there is a specific bibtex entry for this kind of documents, or if people just adapt the @article or @book entries to the need. If so, what would these adaptations be?

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    Is something stopping you from treating "National Aeronautics and Space Administration" as a corporate author, i.e., from writing the author field as author = {{National Aeronautics and Space Administration}}? [note the use of double curly braces]
    – Mico
    Apr 25, 2020 at 14:38
  • For technical documentation, biblatex defines the manual entry type.
    – Bernard
    Apr 25, 2020 at 14:50
  • @Mico in this case, do I need any reference to the editor?
    – Jak
    Apr 25, 2020 at 23:58
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    bibtex has a key field that can be used as an alternate to the author(s). This answer has an example that is similar to your situation: tex.stackexchange.com/a/88066 Apr 26, 2020 at 14:54

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Turns out the @inproceedings entry accepts both an author and an editor field, so I just used those.

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