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Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
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4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major NASA space research laboratory established on May 1, 1959 as NASA's first space flight center. GSFC employs approximately 10,000 civil servants and contractors, and is located approximately 6.5mi northeast of Washington, D.C. in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. GSFC, one of ten major NASA field centers, is named in recognition of Dr. Robert H. Goddard, the pioneer of modern rocket propulsion in the United States.GSFC is the largest combined organization of scientists and engineers in the United States dedicated to increasing knowledge of the Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe via observations from space. GSFC is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. GSFC conducts scientific investigation, development and operation of space systems, and development of related technologies. Goddard scientists can develop and support a mission, and Goddard engineers and technicians can design and build the spacecraft for that mission. Goddard scientist John C. Mather shared the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on COBE.
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  • Small museum and gift store. Moon rock. Hubble telescope. Mercury capsule. Apollo capsule. Some weather rockets. Other stuff about outer space. Not an anchor destination unless astronomy or space expl...  read more »
  • We really enjoyed our visit here. One quick point: We first stopped at the Goddard Space Flight Center which was the wrong location and went to the Visitor Center, which is a short drive away. The "sc...  read more »
  • Interesting but many machine not working and not many visitors so the exposition at planetarium centre was not in service as well 
  • This is the space flight center, dont understand all the fuzz of such a wonderful place to visit, unless you have a hookup or know an employee it is NOT open to the public. Many tourists/visitors confuse the Goddard Space Flight Center w the Goddard Visitor Center, two different things. The Space Flight access only by badge, tour and need to know someone who works there. The visitor center is a crappy little building w a few outdated, obsolete exhibitions. The gift shop is SUPER expensive. The rockets need to be painted, inside is very depressive. Staff is very friendly, Julia knows very well about the stars, solar system, different NASA programs, great person to bring to a science classroom. The building, visitor center, needs a renovation. Dont confuse Space Flight w VC. PEACE
  • Great place to work and visit (especially the clean rooms). The visitor center and the gift shop are also worth the trip. Amazing stay here as intern.
  • Cool visitors center if you like space science.
  • We met NASA Mike and learned all kinds of cool stuff about technology, air and space!!!
  • Visited during the Explore@NASAGoddard event so about a dozen buildings were open to the public for events, activities, and tours by Goddard employees. I was able to see control centers for multiple missions as well as the vehicle assembly area for the James Webb Space Telescope. 22,000 people attended and the shuttles were pretty overwhelmed during opening and closing times creating over an hour wait to get from the off-site parking lots. Lines for all of the food trucks were about 30-40 minutes. Even with those issues I would attend this event again.
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