NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center
If you live in central Maryland, NASA Goddard’s Space Flight Center is located right in your backyard. Situated on a sizeable campus in Greenbelt, this NASA hub is home to a wealth of innovative scientific activity committed to learning more about the universe and our place in it. NASA scientists at Goddard Space Flight Center were eager to share some of their work with Maryland Public Television’s Digital Studios.
Looking for the origins of life amid distant worlds, the following projects are just a handful of the scientific contributions NASA Goddard continues to make.
The Dig: NASA Lunar Orbiter
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a robotic spacecraft circling the moon, has collected over ten years of data on its mission, and continues to scout out potential sites for future human exploration.
The Dig: NASA Apollo Rocks
The Marshall Space Flight Center’s Noble Gas Research Library is preparing to receive previously unopened samples of lunar material from the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. Scientists hope analysis will offer new clues about the formation and history of the moon.
The Dig: NASA Asteroid
NASA Goddard also oversees the navigation for OSIRIS-REx, a spacecraft currently orbiting Asteroid Bennu. They plan to collect and analyze a sample from Bennu in the coming years, in order to bring new insight to the study of our solar system.
The Dig: NASA Mars 2020
The Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer was recently completed and shipped for integration into the ExoMars Rover, which will launch in 2020 on a voyage to the red planet.