NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Founded in 1959, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center was NASA's first major laboratory devoted entirely to the exploration of space. Among other things, the center is the focal point for all flight operations and engineering activities related to the Hubble Space Telescope, an engineering marvel devoted to astronomical research. The Visitor's Center contains spacecraft, flight articles and displays dealing with the national space program.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The center is named after Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard, one of the first to prove experimentally the efficiency of rocket propulsion in a vacuum. In 1926, he successfully fired the world's first liquid fuel rocket. He also developed the first smokeless powder rocket and the first practical automatic steering device for rockets.