NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is 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.
Just outside Washington, Goddard is home to Hubble operations and a proving ground for the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope. Goddard manages communications between mission control and orbiting astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Goddard scientists stare into the Sun, grind up meteorites for signs of life’s building blocks, look into the farthest reaches of space, and untangle the mysteries of our own changing world. Goddard engineers construct sensitive instruments, build telescopes that peer into the cosmos, and operate the test chambers that ensure those satellites’ survival. Named for American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the center was established May 1, 1959, as NASA’s first space flight complex. Goddard and its several installations are critical in carrying out NASA’s missions of space exploration and scientific discovery.
Chartered May 1, 1959, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is NASA’s first space flight complex.
Explorer 6, launched Aug. 7, 1959, from Cape Canaveral, was the first scientific satellite under Goddard’s project direction.
Instruments from Goddard have traveled to every planet in the solar system.
Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Goddard in May 2007.
Fossils found in 2012 at Goddard’s Maryland campus included dinosaur and mammal tracks from 100 million years ago.
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Goddard's Master Plan
The master plan will serve as an essential element in developing a blueprint for Goddard’s future. It will inform decisions for facility and infrastructure improvements to support staff, functions and operations for future Goddard and NASA missions.
Goddard Annual Reports
Highlights and accomplishments from Goddard over the years.
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Dr. Robert Goddard
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 established the Goddard Space Flight Center.