Goddard at 60

  • Released Monday, April 29, 2019

On July 29, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. When it began operations on October 1, 1958, NASA consisted mainly of the four laboratories and some 80 employees of the government's 46-year-old research agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Goddard Space Flight Center was established on May 1, 1959 as NASA's first space flight center.

In celebration of its 60th year, we look back at the innovations and scientific impacts the women and men of Goddard have made throughout its history.

Goddard End Tag Version. This version uses a Goddard specific animation ending.

Music: "Downloading Landscapes," "Virtual Memory," "Momentum," "History in Motion," Killer Tracks Music

Complete transcript available.

Speakers in order of appearance:

James Kupperian, Jr., Orbiting Astronomical Observatories Project Scientist

John Mather, COBE Principal Investigator

Jean Olivier, HST Deputy Project Manager

Douglas Broome, HST Program Manager

David Leckrone, HST Project Scientist

Barbara Mikulski, US Senator, Maryland

Claire Parkinson, Aqua Project Scientist

Marshall Shepard, TRMM Project Scientist

Michael Mumma, Planetary Scientist

George Simnett, SOHO/LASCO Scientist

Charles Bennett, WMAP Principal Investigator

Jennifer Wiseman, HST Program Scientist

Cathy Peddie, LRO Deputy Project Manager

Jennifer Eigenbrode, Mars Science Laboratory Scientist

Eric Christian, IBEX Mission Scientist

Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Scientist

C. Alex Young, SDO Scientist

Jim Garvin, GSFC Chief Scientist

Eugene Parker, Astrophysicist

Amber Straughn, JWST Deputy Project Scientist

Neil Gehrels, Swift Principal Investigator

Michelle Thaller, NASA Astrophysicist

Temilola Fatoyinbo, Research Scientist

Piers Sellers, Earth Science Division Director

Chris Scolese, Goddard Center Director<>

John F. Clark, Goddard Center Director


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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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This page was originally published on Monday, April 29, 2019.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:45 PM EDT.


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