NASA is more than astronauts. We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resource specialists, accountants, writers, photographers, and many other kinds of people working together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible.
What We Do
Exploring the secrets of the universe for the benefit of all.
We are passionate professionals united by a common purpose: to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Today, we continue NASA’s legacy of excellence and innovation through an unprecedented array of missions.
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope sits folded up in the cleanroom outside of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Where We Work
We don’t just work in space.
More than 18,000 professionals work around the country in laboratories and wind tunnels, on airfields and in control rooms and office buildings to answer some of life’s fundamental mysteries: What’s out there in space? How do we get there? And what can we learn that will make life better here on Earth?
The VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) engineering test team uses lunar soil simulants and hand-picked rocks to carefully shape the terrain to realistically mimic actual features at the surface of the Moon’s South Pole.
Human space exploration
The term “astronaut” derives from the Greek words meaning “space sailor,” and refers to all who have been launched as crew members aboard NASA spacecraft bound for orbit and beyond. The term “astronaut” has been maintained as the title for those selected to join the NASA corps of astronauts who make “space sailing” their career profession.
Artemis II crew members (from left): Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen, and NASA astronauts Christina Koch, Victor Glover, and Reid Wiseman walk out of Astronaut Crew Quarters inside the Neil Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building to the Artemis crew transportation vehicles prior to traveling to Launch Pad 39B as part of an integrated ground systems test at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to test the crew timeline for launch day.
NASA is more than astronauts. We are scientists, engineers, IT specialists, human resources specialists, accountants, writers, technicians, and many other kinds of people working together to break barriers to achieve the seemingly impossible.
At NASA, our people are as diverse as our mission. We have assembled a team of world-class experts from many different fields and backgrounds who share a passion for exploration. It’s this diversity of thought and collaborative environment that fosters innovation and groundbreaking ideas.
The Pride Progress Flag is seen waving in the wind following a flag raising ceremony in recognition and celebration of LGBTQI+ Pride Month, Thursday, June 1, 2023, at the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building in Washington.
Careers at NASA
Align your talents with your passion and find out why NASA consistently is named a best place to work in the federal government. At NASA, you'll have an opportunity to work on unique and challenging projects that truly make an impact on humanity.