Maryland Lt. Governor Visits Goddard Space Flight Center
On May 12, 2008, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center welcomed Maryland
Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown to its facility in Greenbelt, Md.
Brown, himself a Prince George's County resident, toured the center, which
employs more than 8,000 workers, along with Goddard's acting center director,
During his visit, Brown was briefed by Dr. Peter Hildebrand, the center's
deputy director for sciences and exploration, on the unique space-based
assets Goddard utilizes to study climate change in the state of Maryland,
the nation and the world. Brown also learned about the launch capabilities
of Goddard's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., and viewed hardware and tools that will
be used for the upcoming space shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Space
Telescope, one of the nation's preeminent science programs managed by
Brown's visit concluded with a tour of the Spacecraft Integration and Test
Facility, where Goddard scientists, engineers and technicians build spacecraft and
prepare them for flight. While there, Brown viewed two of Goddard's
eight missions scheduled for launch in the next 18 months. The Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter, an in-house Goddard mission will launch late in 2008
to pave the way for the United States to return to the moon, and the Solar
Dynamics Orbiter, also scheduled to launch later this year to study the sun
and the effects of space weather.
Brown met several employees throughout his visit, including young engineers
who are helping to carry out some of Goddard's most important missions. He
praised the center for its commitment to excellence and expressed support
and enthusiasm for its integral role in the nation's space program.
"We are honored to host the lieutenant governor and very excited for the opportunity to share with him
some of the amazing work Goddard employees do each and every day right here
in the state of Maryland," Obenschain said. "Goddard is proud of its Maryland heritage and
looks forward to continuing to work with the state to help better the lives
of Maryland residents."
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center