Friday, May 01, 2009

GSFC turns 50

(From the Goddard PAO)
May 1, 1959: Beltsville Space Center becomes NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

On a clear March day in 1926, in the middle of a snow-covered field in Auburn, Massachusetts, Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard changed exploration forever. Launching from a modified music stand, Goddard's liquid fuel rocket lifted itself 41 feet into the winter sky, flew for two and a half seconds, and landed in the space age. Goddard's dream had become reality.

To honor Goddard's achievement and his commitment to the triumph of the human spirit, the Beltsville Space Center officially became the Goddard Space Flight Center on May 1, 1959. Since then, the Center has been at the forefront of exploration and technological achievement.

Robert Goddard's spirit of imagination, ingenuity, and determination lives on at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Within each of our Directorates resides a passion for knowledge and a keen human interest that makes the most incredible technological and scientific accomplishments commonplace.

Goddard's 50th Anniversary Events in May

The month of May is full of special 50th anniversary events.

Maryland's Place in Space – May 30, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars; Saturday, May 30 is going to be a phenomenal day of interactive activities at Maryland's Place in Space at the Baltimore Convention Center from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Expect over 100 imaginative exhibits, mind-blowing multimedia presentations, thrilling robotics competitions, NASA astronauts, and much more. The expo, guaranteed to entertain all ages, will showcase the exciting work of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and other Maryland partners in space and technology. Maryland's Place in Space partners include the Space Telescope Science Institute, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, Maryland Science Center, the University of Maryland, and many others who contribute to science and technology locally, nationally, and globally.


Goddard's 50th Anniversary Web Site
Make sure to check out Goddard's 50th Anniversary Webs site, http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/50th/index.html. It is full of fascinating multimedia, images, and facts.