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Goddard Space Flight Visitor’s Center

Posted by on January 27, 2012

Field Trip: Goddard Space Flight Visitor’s Center
Location: Greenbelt Rd
Greenbelt MD
Contact: 301-286-3978
Grades: 3rd and up

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About the Museum:

NASA captures your attention like no other organization. It offers unparalleled experiences, a key to knowledge, and a window to the future. The visitor center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, Md., provides inspiration and a captivating educational experience for all ages.

Goddard’s visitor center demonstrates our innovative and exciting work in Earth science, astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary science, engineering, communication and technology development. Browse the unique, informative exhibits and learn about climate change, climb inside a Gemini capsule model, encourage a child to dream as he or she pulls on our kid-sized spacesuit, or participate in one of the monthly model rocket launches.

Be sure to check out the following exhibits:

Science on a Sphere: This mesmerizing visualization system developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses computers and video projectors to display animated data on the outside of a suspended, 6-foot diameter, white sphere. Four strategically placed projectors work in unison to coat the sphere with data such as “3-D surface of the Earth and Nighttime Lights,” “Moon and Mars” and “X-ray Sun.”

Hubble Space Telescope: The “New Views of the Universe” exhibit contains images and data taken from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) of planets, galaxies, black holes, and many other fascinating cosmic entities. The exhibit is comprised of spectacular backlit color images and contains numerous interactive displays. Using a computer, visitors will be able to “hit” Jupiter with a comet, attempt to put star clusters in order of age, use the Hubble Deep Field image to estimate the number of galaxies in the universe, match before and after images of colliding galaxies, find specific galaxy distances from Earth using Cepheid variable stars.

Understanding Ice Through ICESat: ICESat is an Earth-observing NASA mission that addresses some of the most critical issues in Earth science today. ICESat measures ice sheet mass, cloud and aerosol heights, as well as land topography and vegetation characteristics.

Bringing the Universe Down to Earth: Learn about cosmology and the science that led to John Mather’s Nobel Prize in 2006. Explore black holes and the technology we are developing to unlock the mysteries of the universe. See why we send telescopes into space and the different types of careers in space science.

Space Operations Learning Center: Learn more about the tracking and data relay satellite (TDRS) and other cool satellites, our solar system, and other exciting Goddard Space Flight Center projects. What do satellites do? How do they work?

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