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An aerial photograph of the NASA Goddard Visitor Center, with white and brick rectangular buildings peeking out from among dense green trees behind a tall white rocket. The rocket stands in the center of a tan paved circle and is shaped like a pencil with a long, slim tower and a slight bulge at the top. Several smaller red, white, and yellow rockets are displayed on their sides around the paved circle, with another rocket standing in a smaller, white paved circle near the trees.
A view looking down at Nithin Abraham studies a paint sample in her laboratory.
The Webb Telescope's mirror being tested at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Goddard Space Flight Center

Goddard is NASA’s premiere space flight complex and home to the nation’s largest organization of scientists, engineers, and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments, and new technology to study Earth, the Sun, our solar system, and the universe.

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Greenbelt, Maryland


May 1, 1959




Dr. Makenzie Lystrup

Visit Goddard

Explore exhibits of spacecraft and technology at the Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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Focus Areas and Capabilities

Goddard plays a pivotal role across all aspects of NASA missions, from development to de-orbit.

North and South America at nigh

Earth and Climate

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The Sun

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The Solar System

an undulating, translucent star-forming region in the Carina Nebula is shown in this Webb image, hued in ambers and blues; foreground stars with diffraction spikes can be seen, as can a speckling of background points of light through the cloudy nebula

The Universe

Vivek Dwivedi's ALD test chamber - technology

Technology Development

The Antares rocket lifting off Pad 0A, a plume of white smoke underneath.

Launch Range

History of Goddard Space Flight Center

Pioneering spaceflight and innovation

Named for American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the center was established May 1, 1959, as NASA's first space flight complex.

Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945) is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion. A physicist of great insight, Goddard also had a unique genius for invention. It is in memory of this brilliant scientist that NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was established on May 1, 1959.

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Black and white image of Dr. Robert Goddard and other colleagues all holding a large rocket.
Dr. Robert Goddard, second from right, and colleagues hold up a rocket prior to a flight in New Mexico on April 19, 1932.