About the Goddard Space Flight Center

    Photo of Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard The Goddard Space Flight Center is named after American rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard. Credit: NASA
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    Our Center, located in a Maryland suburb outside of Washington, DC, is home to the Nation's largest organization of combined scientists and engineers dedicated to learning and sharing their knowledge of the Earth, solar system, and Universe. We are delighted you found us here and hope you will return many times to visit and experience the excitement we feel about our mission.

    The mission of the Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system and the universe through observations from space. To assure that our nation maintains leadership in this endeavor, we are committed to excellence in scientific investigation, in the development and operation of space systems, and in the advancement of essential technologies.

    In pursuit of this challenge, the Center will:

    1) Conduct a preeminent program of research in the space and Earth science disciplines using measurements from space complemented by suborbital, ground-based and laboratory measurements and by theoretical investigations.

    2) Develop and operate a broad spectrum of flight missions that are responsive to the needs of the science community.

    3) Provide and operate spaceflight tracking and data acquisition networks.

    4) Develop innovative technology and instruments critical to the success of our mission.

    5) Develop and maintain advanced information systems for the display, analysis, archiving and distribution of space and Earth science data.

    6) Develop National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite systems that provide environmental data for forecasting and research.

    We will provide you, using this Web site, with as much information as possible about current NASA events, status of space science missions and new findings about Earth studies. Using the Goddard Homepage, we hope you will encounter amazing results from space science studies about stars, galaxies, black holes and dark matter; about the Earth's ozone layer, ocean studies and greenhouse warming of our climate. You will meet the people who make changes in our understanding of the universe. You will learn about space flight technology under development and the latest and greatest in space and Earth science. You can read about it here first. Visit us again and enjoy your journey!

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