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Goddard Year In Review: People
None of Goddard's awe-inspiring scientific discoveries and technological achievements would be possible without the human element. These stories, images and videos highlight the Goddard community.

Conversations With Goddard

This profile series highlights the amazing people behind the amazing work that goes on at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Photo of Marco Midon

Marco "Mission Impossible" Midon Makes Missions Possible at Goddard

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Jazz drumming, living a Mars existence in Utah, and working for Habitat for Humanity are only a few of the things that make intern Christine Redmond a force to be reckoned with!

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Christine Redmond in Utah with the Mars Society.
Rich Rogers stands in front of his prop plane

Assistant Chief of the Aircraft Office for Wallops Flight Facility Rich Rogers has fun performing precision research flying including over the North Pole.

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Goddard Video Profiles

Paul Mahaffy and the Habitability of Mars

Paul Mahaffy discusses the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite and how it will help us discover if there is (or ever was) life on Mars. Mahaffy is SAM's principal investigator.

Alberta Moran: 40 Years at Goddard

"For someone who learned to drive a Model T car, to someone who saw the space shuttle and saw a man landing on the moon, there's really no words to explain my time at Goddard. Hello, my name's Alberta Moran. I've worked at Goddard for forty plus years, both as an employee and a volunteer."

Meet Sabrina Thompson

Sabrina Thompson works as a safety engineer in the Occupational, Safety and Health Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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New Space Exploration Era At Wallops Flight Facility (03.22.11)

NASA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Wallops Flight Facility (managed by Goddard) in Virginia to open the new Horizontal Integration Facility (HIF). The HIF will support medium-class mission capabilities. The first customer to use the facility will be Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., with its Taurus II launch vehicle. Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden cut the ribbon at the ceremony.

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HIF ribbon-cutting at Wallops Flight Facility

49th Goddard Memorial Symposium (03.31.11)

"NASA: More Than You Imagine," was the theme for the 49th Robert H. Goddard Memorial Symposium held March 30 – 31. The American Astronautical Society (AAS), with support from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. sponsors this annual event. This year's symposium featured senior representation from the White House, NASA Headquarters, Washington, and leaders in aerospace policy.

Two GAS Cannisters mounted in the Shuttle Bay

Growing Up at Goddard: Shuttle Small Payloads Launched Careers of Many (05.05.11)

Airlines can not afford to fly with empty seats very often -- nor could Space Shuttle orbiters leave valuable payload capacity "on the ground." NASA filled extra space in shuttle cargo bays with the Shuttle Small Payloads Project (SSPP). The program offered an invaluable proving ground for science and technology as well as for a large contingent of young scientists and engineers who came to Goddard in the early 1980s. Many of these investigators rose to positions of authority, shaping the course of NASA science and exploration.

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Goddard Open-House Attracts More Than 15,000 (05.16.11)

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., hosted more than 15,000 visitors under gray but rain-free skies on May 14. The Explore@NASA Goddard event was the center’s first open house since 2008.
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Goddard Hosts Indiana Students and Teachers (06.14.11)

A group of teachers and students from the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Indianapolis and Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar, Ind., visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in June. As part of their week-long stay in the D.C. Metro area, they participated in tours of the integration and testing facilitates and the clean rooms at the Greenbelt campus, as well as tours of the Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va. The program was part of an effort to expose blind and visually impaired students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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photo of a woman taken during June 2011 visit to Goddard of Indiana School for the Blind and Indian Creek Public High School

Celebrating Goddard (06.22.11)

Goddard Day was held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This year's theme “Diversity: The Goddard Advantage" highlighted the business advantage that Goddard maintains due to the diversity of its workforce. All Directorates, Advisory Committees and GEWA Club exhibits showcased exhibits on the Goddard Mall. This year’s entertainment included a car show, talent show, parade, tours and games.

Goddard's Role in Final Flight of Atlantis (07.08.11)

This gallery highlights activities at NASA Goddard surrounding the July 8, 2011, launch of orbiter Atlantis on the STS-135 mission, the final flight for the Space Shuttle Program.
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'Out-of-This-World' NASA Summer Internship for U.S. Students (07.14.11)

More than 500 students from 48 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico participated in Goddard's 2011 Summer Internship Program. Each intern was placed with a mentor and provided with a scientific or engineering research opportunity matching the student’s educational interests and background.
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Splash screen for NASAViz iPad app

NASA's iPad App Beams Science Straight to Users (07.26.11)

NASA satellites beam data from space; now the Agency is beaming it straight to your iPad. Software and media specialists at Goddard developed a new iPad app -- the NASA Visualization Explorer -- that allows users to easily interact with extraordinary images, video, and information about NASA's latest Earth science research.

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Take a Virtual Tour of NASA Goddard (08.11.11)

If you would like to know what happens behind that gates of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., you can now get a virtual tour of the facilities and learn about the amazing science and technology that happen at the center.

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screen capture of the Goddard Virtual Tour

12th Annual NASM Event (09.14.11)

The Maryland Space Business Roundtable sponsored their 12th annual event at the National Air and Space Museum the evening of September 14, 2011. The event is held in support of the roundtable’s programs in education for students in science, technology, engineering and math. This year’s event, Earth and Space: A Journey of Wonder & Discovery, with remarks from Goddard Center Director Rob Strain and NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, included a program featuring a 5-panel member of scientists: Dr. Waleed Abdalati, NASA Chief Scientist; Dr. Arthur Hou, GPM Mission Scientist; Dr. Jim Garvin, Chief Scientist, NASA Goddard; Dr. Holly Gilbert, Goddard Solar Physics Laboratory Chief; and Dr. Amber Straughn, Research Astrophysicist. Miles O’Brien, space and science broadcast news veteran moderated the panel.

Master Sgt. Mary Moore

Goddard Warfighter Mission, Expanding Human Boundaries (11.18.11)

This mission, established in support of the Operation Warfighter (OWF) program, allows service members to expand employment opportunities and discover new career paths while adjusting to daily life after military service.

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NASA Goddard Employee Wins 2011 Presidential SAVE Award (11.21.11)

Matthew Ritsko, a financial manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., won the 2011 Presidential Securing Americans' Value and Efficiency (SAVE) award. The SAVE program began in 2009 and allows front-line federal workers to submit their ideas on how their agency can save money and work more efficiently.

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Matthew Ritsko

the ECHO Team and event participants

An Educational ECHO, 'FIRST' Heard by NASA (11.23.11)

Take five NASA employees, add a year-long leadership program, thirty enthusiastic children, homemade rockets, moon buggies, video games, and six hours on a Saturday. What is the result? A cool one-day program to inspire future generations of NASA scientists and engineers!

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Goddard Hosts Congressional Delegation (11.29.11)

Members of Maryland's congressional delegation, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Rep. Donna Edwards, toured Goddard and spoke with center employees on Nov. 29, 2011. This video shows excerpts of the three delegates' remarks. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
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Operation: Give Thanks (12.07.11)

The Goddard Veterans Advisory Committee sorted and packed gift to be sent to soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq on Dec. 7, 2011, the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.