NASA Day at Maryland Capitol Celebrates Hubble 20th Anniversary
GREENBELT, Md. – On Tuesday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Goddard employees will present interactive exhibits and engaging presentations within the Presidential Conference Center, West Miller Senate Office Building at the State Capitol in Annapolis, Maryland. House and Senate members and visitors can also experience Goddard’s scientific achievement with a breakfast presentation by astronaut Dr. John Grunsfeld. Last summer he touched the Hubble Space telescope for a final time during the fourth servicing mission onboard the STS-125 shuttle mission.

Established in 1959 as NASA’s first space flight facility, Goddard is home to the Nation’s largest organization of combined scientists and engineers dedicated to learning and sharing their knowledge of the Earth, Sun, Solar System, and Universe. Goddard is one of Maryland’s most remarkable institutions employing over 8,000 people and obligating over $1 billion within the state. Goddard is also home to the co-recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics. Current Goddard programs include the James Webb Space Telescope and Earth Science studies of extensive climate research from the Chesapeake Bay to Antarctica.

This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for Maryland lawmakers to gain a better understanding of Goddard’s impact within the state, the Nation and our global community. Media interested in attending should contact Dewayne Washington at 301-286-0040 or cell 678-296-8450.

Goddard Release No.: 10-014

Dewayne A. Washington
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.