Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’S GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER CELEBRATES 60 YEARS

On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.  The center has led or contributed to many of the agency’s accomplishments, ranging from […]

MOON’S SOUTH POLE IN NASA’S LANDING SITES

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole. Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration, and that’s one of the main reasons NASA will […]

PHOTONICS DAWNING AS THE COMMUNICATIONS LIGHT FOR EVOLVING NASA MISSIONS

A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA’s most pressing challenges in future spaceflight. Photonics explores the many applications of generating, detecting and manipulating photons, or particles of light that, among other things, make up laser beams. On October 21, 1983, the General Conference of Weights and Measures adopted the […]

NASA INVITES ARTISTS TO VISIT WEBB TELESCOPE

Are you an artist? If so, you have a unique opportunity to view the amazing and aesthetic scientific marvel that is the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb has a mirror that is nearly 22 feet high and (to optimize it for infrared observations) is covered in a microscopic layer of actual gold. Because of Webb’s […]

MARYLAND-BASED SPACE CENTER CRITICAL FOR SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS

The International Space Station may bring to mind launch pads in Florida or control rooms in Houston, but humanity’s longest continuously inhabited outpost in space also requires near-constant support from a small community just outside Washington, D.C. That’s where, in Greenbelt, Maryland, resides NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, home to the station’s communications network and […]

PUBLIC INVITED TO GODDARD TO CELEBRATE LAUNCH OF ASTEROID MISSION

Members of the public and the media are invited to celebrate the launch of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx sample return mission to an asteroid, on Thursday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. This free event will be held at the NASA Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and is open to the public. OSIRIS-REx will travel to the […]

NASA SCIENTIST TO DISCUSS ‘THE SCIENCE OF INTERSTELLAR’

The public is invited to a free talk called “The Science of Interstellar” with Dr. Jeremy Schnittman in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Jeremy Schnittman is a research astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, […]

HOW TO PROTECT ASTRONAUTS FROM SPACE RADIATION

On August 7, 1972, in the heart of the Apollo era, an enormous solar flare exploded from the sun’s atmosphere. Along with a gigantic burst of light in nearly all wavelengths, this event accelerated a wave of energetic particles. Mostly protons, with a few electrons and heavier elements mixed in, this wash of quick-moving particles […]

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