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Maryland Lt. Governor Visits Goddard Space Flight Center
Md. Lt. Gov. Brown at Goddard Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown (second from left) receives presentation on Hubble tools and equipment from the Hubble program's Jill McGuire (left) and Mark Behnke (far right) of Alliant Techsystems. Goddard Acting Center Director Rick Obenschain is at rear center. Credit: NASA/Pat Izzo
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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, Rick Obenschain.

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 Goddard.

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."
Kelly Farrell
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center