Goddard Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How do I contact the Goddard Visitor Center?

Contact the Goddard Visitor Center by phone at 301-286-3978, or go to the Visitor Center's website for information on hours and programs. Admission is free. The Visitor Center demonstrates Goddard's innovative and exciting work in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, engineering, communication and technology development. Browse the unique, informative exhibits and learn about climate change, climb inside a Mercury capsule model, encourage a child to dream as he or she pulls on a kid-sized spacesuit, or participate in one of the monthly model rocket launches.

How do I arrange to take a tour of Goddard?

School, community and cultural groups may schedule Goddard tours or in-house programs. Tours are only offered during the week and must be scheduled in advance (typically six to eight weeks). The tour includes satellite construction, and testing and operations facilities, depending on availability at the time of tour. Tours are limited to groups of at least 10 participants but no more than 40. Children must be at least 10 years old to go on tours of Goddard, and all participants must be U.S. citizens. To schedule a tour call 301-286-4449.

How do I get to Goddard?

The Visitor Center is located adjacent to the main campus of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The Visitor Center is located off ICESat Road (formerly Soil Conservation Road). Driving directions are available here.

Where can I learn about upcoming events at Goddard?

Get up-to-date information on Goddard Visitor Center events at: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/visitor/events/index.html.

I would like someone from Goddard to speak at my event.

Goddard's Speakers' Bureau (GSB) is comprised of employees who represent the center to civic, professional, educational and other organizations, when such engagements will not interfere with their primary duties. Click here for more information on getting in touch with the GSB.

Does Goddard have a gift shop?

The Goddard Employee Welfare Association operates a gift shop, which is located next to the Visitor Center, in Greenbelt, Md., off Route 193 and ICESat Road. The Goddard Gift Shop is closed on Mondays. For more information about store hours, call 301-286-6476. You may also shop online at http://www.spaceshoponline.com/.

How can I get a job at NASA?

Information about employment at Goddard can be obtained from the center's Office of Human Capital Management by calling 301-286-4832 or 301-286-5392. Also, visit the NASA Jobs website at http://nasajobs.nasa.gov. Information on internships and student employment at Goddard can be found at the center's Education website.

How does NASA recognize the achievements of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts?

NASA recognizes Boy Scouts earning the rank of Eagle and Girl Scouts earning the Gold Award. To receive a congratulatory letter and certificate from NASA's administrator, click on the appropriate link below.

Boy Scouts | Girl Scouts

What is Goddard's Environmental Policy?

To view Goddard's Environmental Plan, please click the link below:

› Goddard's Environmental Plan

For Students and Teachers

I'm a student who would like to intern at Goddard. How do I apply?

For information about Goddard internships and job opportunities for students, visit the Goddard Education website.

I have a general question about Goddard's education programs.

For general questions, contact the Goddard Education Office at 301-286-7205.

What resources does Goddard provide for teachers?

The Goddard Educator Resource Center is located at the Visitor Center. The Educator Resource Center provides educational publications, teaching materials and other aids to educators at no charge. Contact the ERC at 301-286-8570. The ERC is open Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit the ERC's website. To see other NASA Educator Resource Centers listed by state, click here.

How do I arrange for someone to speak at my school about NASA?

The NASA Aerospace Education Services Program (AESP) is a nationwide program, staffed by trained, professional educators. They communicate NASA's activities in different formats suited to a variety of audiences using local, state and regional curriculum frameworks and standards. For more information, please contact Marie Dowling, 301-286-4495, or visit the NASA AESP website.

Additionally, Goddard's Speakers' Bureau (GSB) provides employees to speak with civic, professional, educational and other organizations, when such engagements will not interfere with their primary duties. Click here for more information on getting in touch with the GSB.

I'm a student. What resources does NASA provide for me?

Online NASA resources for students can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/index.html.

For News Media

I'm a member of the press. How do I contact someone at Goddard?

All media requests should go through Goddard's Office of Communications. You may call the office at 301-286-8955 or send an email to gsfc-media@mail.nasa.gov. You may also contact News Chief Ed Campion at 301-286-0697, Edward.S.Campion@nasa.gov, or Deputy News Chief Rob Gutro at 301-286-4044, Robert.J.Gutro@nasa.gov.

How do I subscribe to receive Goddard press releases via e-mail?

Follow the instructions on the following webpage.

Where can I get more information on NASA TV?

For information on NASA Television, go to http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html.

To whom should I direct Goddard image requests?

Many of Goddard's images can be downloaded in print-quality sizes at our Flickr site. For more assistance, please contact Goddard Photo Coordinator Rebecca Roth at rebecca.roth@nasa.gov or 301-286-2270.

To whom should I direct requests for broadcast-quality video?

Conceptual animations, scientific visualizations, and other high-quality video products are available online at Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio. For more assistance, please contact Goddard Producer Michelle Handleman at michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov or 301-286-0918.

For Businesses

How can I get more information on doing business with Goddard?

For information on doing business with Goddard, contact the center's Procurement Office by telephone at 301-286-8400, or online at http://code210.gsfc.nasa.gov/procure.htm.

How can I get more information about technology and partnership opportunities with Goddard?

The mission of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is to expand knowledge of Earth and its environment, the solar system, and the universe through space-based observations. Goddard is committed to excellence in scientific investigation, in the development and operation of space systems and in the advancement of essential technologies. To find out more, call the general Technology Line at 301-286-5810 or visit http://itpo.gsfc.nasa.gov/about_ipp.shtm.

Page Last Updated: April 14th, 2014
Page Editor: Rob Garner