Activities & Resources
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center251in Greenbelt, MD 20771
about NASA Goddard Space Flight Center:
The Visitor Center provides many unique programs and presentations that highlight Goddard's Earth and Space science, engineering, and technology work. Through exhibits, special events, lectures, model rocket launches, and children's programs, the Center helps Goddard achieve its mission to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system, and the universe through observations from space.
Numerous permanent exhibits explain the many programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center. There are interactive displays and models, as well as real examples of satellites and rocket flight hardware. The exhibit Science on a Sphere (SOS) is a visualization system that uses computers and video projectors to display animated data on a six-foot diameter suspended sphere. It shows anything from the rocky surface of the planet Mars, to the Hurricane season of 2005. Footprints, the first movie produced for Science on a Sphere, is enriched with powerful scenes and music, based on the concept of the human drive to discover.
A Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) is designed to help understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. The SDO offers regular family programs throughout the year.