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Since its establishment on May 1, 1959, the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has played a major role in space and Earth science research. Goddard’s fundamental mission is to expand knowledge of the Earth and its environment, the solar system and the universe through observations from space.


Goddard has been instrumental in making observations of our terrestrial sphere and the observable universe. Goddard also is committed to the advancement of essential technologies. Goddard scientists and engineers have pushed the edge of the envelope in sensor, instrument, satellite, and mission design and implementation.


Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO)


OAO-2, which was launched in December 1968, determined properties of interstellar dust and hot stars in the Milky Way, and gathered basic information

on comets. OAO-3 followed three years later. OAO-3 reached farther into the ultraviolet region than its predecessors and provided data on physical conditions

in the interstellar gas.


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