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A Week in the Life of Goddard

All Galleries: Is it possible to wholly capture the diverse community and groundbreaking work done at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center?

In October 2010 Goddard launched Oh Snap! A Week in the Life of Goddard, a campaign aimed at doing just that. Through more than 700 photographs submitted by Goddard employees at the Greenbelt, Md., campus; the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.;, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City; the Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, W.Va.; and a group of visitors on a Tweet-Up tour, we were given an exclusive peek into the lives of our scientists, engineers, security staff and others who contribute to the success of our agency.

Through their camera lenses Goddard employees and guests were able to capture their impressions of life on center. Submissions included photographs of individuals working with flight operations, shots of Goddard’s beautiful surroundings and wildlife, employees hard at work at their computers, even photos showing ordinary rituals, like getting coffee with co-workers or taking a quick break to play Frisbee.

In this way viewers are introduced to activities and places that contribute to our unique make-up as a diverse and inclusive community.

“We were so pleased to see how excited folks were about taking pictures at Goddard,” said Rebecca Roth, the imaging coordinator in Goddard’s Public Affairs Office. “You realize what an amazing place this is to work at as you look at the entire collection. I had a lot of fun getting to meet new people and exploring new places and things going on around Goddard.”

Throughout the month of December, the Goddard homepage will showcase some of the awesome photos submitted. Every week there will be a new album to view from the following categories: People, Building, Nature, At Work, Life at Goddard and Top Photos. Visit Flickr to check out our photo galleries, celebrate the beauty of our workplace and gain a new appreciation for the exciting work that’s done here!

Here, some of the participants share their views about their submissions.

Drive to Goddard before sunrise to get photos of dawn over Building 28, then grab a cup of coffee and check email; a customer has asked a confused question about our software package, but I am proud of our work and will not be defeated. Question researched and answered, then off to stalk and photograph a deer hiding in the woods across the street from Building 28. I am able to closely approach- well, I do admit this poor creature is made of concrete, and rather sadly in need of repair- but isn’t imagination why we work here? -- Charles M. Hoisington, senior systems engineer

The people I work with are dedicated to mission success and unbelievably talented. From administrative support, to financial support, to technical support, to the managers: I respect them all. It’s a world class TEAM! -- Steve Odendahl, SSMO mission director

Each group of professionals plays their part so well that the Hubble Team is truly greater than the sum of its parts. My last photo is of the night sky looking over building 14. I feel the same awe I imagine early astronomers felt as they stared at the heavens looking for answers to eternal questions. My favorite picture is Photo 19. The night time setting and single car remind me that any person that sacrifices a “normal” schedule provides an important service. The wind was blowing fiercely; the tree was shaking defiant branches refusing to give up her autumn leaves. -- David Schaible, Flight Ops Team for Hubble Space Telescope

My group's work isn't very photogenic. On the other hand, I very much enjoy taking walks around the Goddard campus and finding odd little corners and paths that I didn't know about. I tried to produce some of my joy of discovery, and my enjoyment of the fall colors, in these photographs. I hope they might inspire others to take a little time to explore. -- Kevin W. Parker, software engineer
Christina Coleman
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.