Experience LaunchFest

Children look at a rover

What’s it like to be a part of the NASA family? LaunchFest will show you how much fun it really is.

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Tour LaunchFest

Photo of the Goddard Visitor Center

Discover Maryland’s world-renowned NASA facilities at the Goddard Space Flight Center!

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Celebrate LaunchFest

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Join the community celebration of NASA’s unprecedented year with 15 major science launches, eight managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

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LaunchFest -- Tour
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While at LaunchFest, tour some of our world-class science, research and engineering facilities. See where we build satellites, test spacecraft, work on electronics, control satellite communications and more! Some of our planned tour stops are listed below. (This schedule is subject to change, based on current mission/project work.)

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Spacecraft Test and Integration Facility
Lift-off Simulation Shake Table
Teeth-Rattling Bass Audio Acoustic Chamber
High-Speed G-Force Centrifuge

Spacecraft Fabrication Facility
Computer-Controlled Milling Machines
High Precision Machining
Sheet Metal Forming and Punching
Material Plating, Welding, and Heat Treating
Parts Assembly onto Spacecraft

Spacecraft Systems Development Facility
World's Largest Clean Room

NASA Communications Center (NASCOM)
Control Center for Voice, Data, and Television for NASA
Provides Communications Support for Space-Based Astronauts and Ground Control

Hubble Space Telescope Control Center
Operational Nerve Center of the Hubble Space Telescope

Earth Science Control Operations Center
See over four different satellite control centers in one place
Actual Satellites are controlled, operated, and commanded from this Operations Center

Scientific Visualization Studio
World-Class Animation Studio
See where space and science concepts and real NASA data are animated

Television Studio
See live TV broadcast facilities where Goddard scientists are interviewed
See where breaking news is created and released for TV!