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About NASA Headquarters

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People First – Mission Always!

NASA Headquarters, in Washington, provides overall guidance and direction to the agency, under the leadership of the Administrator. Ten field centers and a variety of installations around the country conduct the day-to-day work in laboratories, on air fields, in wind tunnels, and in control rooms. Together, this skilled, diverse group of scientists, engineers, managers, and support personnel share the Vision, Mission, and Values that are NASA.

Implementing NASA's Mission

NASA Headquarters is organized into five principal organizations called Mission Directorates

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Pioneers and proves new flight technologies that improve our ability to explore and which have practical applications on Earth. 

Exploration Systems Development

Development programs for deep space exploration, including Artemis missions. 


Explores the Earth, moon, Mars, and beyond; charts the best route of discovery; and reaps the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society. 

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Space Operations

Space operations in low-Earth orbit.

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Space Technology

A catalyst for the creation of technologies and innovation needed to maintain NASA leadership in space while also benefiting America’s economy. 

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Mission Support

Oversees the management of the institutional functional areas that support the Agency mission. 

Visiting Headquarters

Whether you are from a NASA center or unaffiliated with NASA, here for a meeting or on detail for several months, we hope this page will help with the success of your professional mission..

Plan Your Visit to Headquarters about Visiting Headquarters
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Contact Information

NASA Headquarters 
Washington, DC 20546-0001 
(202) 358-0000 

HQ Information Center 
(202) 358-0000 

Public Communications and Inquiries Management Office 
NASA Headquarters 
Suite 5K39 
Washington, DC 20546-0001 
(202) 358-0001 (Office) 
(202) 358-3469 (Fax) 


NASA'S First Headquarters Building

Commonly known as "The Little White House" the first headquarters building was located at 1520 H Street, NW, in Washington, DC.

Built in 1820 by Richard Cutts, in 1837 it became the home of Mrs. Dolly Payne Madison, wife of President James Madison. Named the Dolly Madison House, she lived there till her death in 1849. The Dolly Madison House served as NASA Headquarters from 1958 until October 1961.

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“The Little White House” was the first headquarters building, located at 1520 H Street, NW, in Washington, DC.