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the term aeronautics originated in france and was derived from the greek words for air and to sail

The term "aeronautics" originated in France, and was derived from the Greek words for "air" and "to sail."

NASA Administrator - Michael Griffin


FAQ: How do I get a job at NASA - "Best Place to Work"?

  • NASA employs scientists, engineers, computer programmers, personnel specialists, accountants, writers, maintenance workers and many, many other kinds of people.
  • To see the different opportunities NASA offers and find job listings, visit NASA Jobs website:
  • NASA has plenty of ways for students to join the Agency's mission of exploration. Find out how on the Student Employment webpage.
missions 1

Solar System Missions

From twin rovers exploring the surface of Mars to probes collecting the solar wind,

NASA missions within our own Solar System seek to explain our origins.

missions 2

Deep Space MissionsNASA observatories and interstellar probes peer into the vastness of deep space, seeking answers to timeless questions about the mysterious workings of the universe and the possibility of life beyond Earth.

missions 3

Earth Observing Missions rely on remote sensing using a variety of scientific instruments to observe and track

global weather, climate change, natural resources and more.

missions 4

Humans in SpaceThe Space Shuttle is the world's first reusable spacecraft and the only space vehicle to launch like a rocket and land like a plane.

The International Space Station, a partnership of 16 countries, is an orbiting laboratory dedicated to science research made possible by the environment of space.

  • a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior
  • a group of stars visibly related to each other in a particular configuration.
  • In three-dimensional space, most of the stars we see have little relation to one another, but can appear to be grouped on the celestial sphere of the night sky.
  • A system of about 100 billion stars.
  • Our Sun is a member of the Milky Way Galaxy.
  • There are billions of galaxies in the observable universe.
  • Exactly when and how galaxies formed in the Universe is a topic of current astronomical research.
  • Galaxies are classified on the basis of their shape. There are two main types of normal galaxy distinguished according to their shape.
    • spiral and elliptical galaxies and are.
  • Seyfert Galaxies are also a type of spiral galaxy which is much more luminous than normal galaxies.
  • Other galaxies belong to the irregular type. Images of all these galaxy types can be viewed at and at
  • The death explosion of a massive star, resulting in a sharp increase in brightness followed by a gradual fading.
  • The outer layers of the exploding star are blasted out in a radioactive cloud. This expanding cloud, visible long after the initial explosion fades from view, forms a supernova remnant .
  • Objects of small angular size and immense power output. Some of them are are strong radio sources.
  • These are some of the most distant objects in the Universe,
  • and are believed to be fueled by supermassive black holes residing in ancient galaxies.
  • A rotating neutron star that generates regular pulses of radiation at its spin rate.
  • The term comes from "pulsating radio source" since they were first observed at radio frequencies.
  • Pulsars may be divided in three groups: rotation-powered pulsars, accretion-powered pulsars, and nuclear-powered pulsars.
all missions
All Missions
  • Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE)Major mission of the Explorer program.
  • ACRIMSAT Missionwill measure Total Solar Irradiance (TSI), measuring the Sun's energy, during its five-year mission life.
  • Aura Missiondedicated to the health of Earth's atmosphere.
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All missions
  • Cassini-Huygens MissionUnlocking the secrets of Saturn.
  • Chandra X-ray Observatory Third of NASA's Great Observatories. Chandra will increase our understanding of the Universe.
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All missions
  • Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer (CHIPS)uses an extreme ultraviolet spectrograph to study the "Local Bubble" surrounding our Solar System
  • Cluster ESA/NASA MissionThe four Cluster spacecraft carry out 3D measurements in the Earth's Magnetosphere.
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All missions
  • Deep ImpactExploring Comet Tempel 1 to determine the origins of life in our Solar System.
  • SS Expedition 11Scientific research aboard the International Space Station.
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All missions
  • Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer (FAST)is the second mission in NASA's Small Explorer Satellite Program (SMEX) designed to study Earth's aurora.
  • Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) Missionlooks at light in the far ultraviolet portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
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All missions
  • Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) MissionMapping the history of star formation in the Universe.
  • Genesis MissionThe search for origins.
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All missions
  • Geotail MissionA mission to study the tail of Earth's magnetosphere.
  • Gravity Probe B (GPB) Missionto test two unverified predictions of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
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All missions
  • Gravity Recovery and Climate ExperimentThe twin satellites are making detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field to learn more about gravity and Earth's natural systems.
  • High Energy Transient Explorer-2 (HETE-2) Missionis a small scientific satellite designed to detect and localize gamma-ray bursts.
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All missions
  • Rosetta Missionwill orbit comet 67P and accompany it on its journey to the Sun.
  • Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) Missionis a satellite that observes the fast-moving, high-energy worlds of black holes, neutron stars, X-ray pulsars and bursts of X-rays that light up the sky and then disappear forever.
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All missions
  • Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer (SAMPEX) Mission

studies the energy, composition, and charge states of particles from supernova explosions in the distant reaches of the galaxy, from the heart of solar flares, and from the depths of nearby interstellar space.

  • SeaWindsScatterometer instrument to conduct a radar study of near-surface ocean winds.
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All missions
  • SMART 1will test new technologies and explore darker regions of the Moon's south pole for the first time.
  • Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its extensive outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind.
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All missions
  • Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE)measurements of incoming x-ray, ultraviolet, visible, near-infrared, and total solar radiation.
  • Spitzer Space TelescopeSpitzer will obtain images and spectra by detecting the infrared energy, or heat, radiated by objects in space.
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All Missions
  • Hubble Space Telescopehas expanded our knowledge of the cosmos.
  • Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICEsat) Missionwill provide multi-year elevation data regarding ice sheet mass balance as well as cloud property information, especially for stratospheric clouds common over polar areas.
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All missions
  • Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICEsat) Missionwill provide multi-year elevation data regarding ice sheet mass balance as well as cloud property information, especially for stratospheric clouds common over polar areas.
  • Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE)to study the global response of the magnetosphere to the changes in solar wind.
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All missions
  • International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL)the most sensitive gamma-ray observatory ever launched.
  • Mars Expressto search for subsurface water from orbit.
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All missions
  • Mars Global Surveyor will return data regarding Mars' surface features, atmosphere, and magnetic properties.

Scientists will use the data gathered from this mission to learn about the Earth by comparing it to Mars

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All missions
  • Mars OdysseyThis orbiter is mapping the mineralogy and morphology of the Martian surface.
  • MErcury, Surface, Space Experiment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) will study Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun.
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All missions
  • Muses-C is on a journey to collect pieces from asteroid Itokawa and then return the samples to Earth.
  • NOAA-M Environmental SatelliteA new environmental satellite that will improve weather forecasting and monitor environmental events around the world.
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All missions
  • Polar Missionto obtain data from both high- and low-altitude perspectives of the polar region of geospace.
  • Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI)to explore the basic physics of particle acceleration and explosive energy release in solar flares.
  • StardustThe first comet sample return mission from beyond the Earth-Moon system.
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All missions
  • Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS)A mission that was designed to study the chemical composition of interstellar gas clouds.
  • The Swift mission seeks to tell us more about the most powerful explosions in the universe.
  • Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) ProjectA system of satellites and ground stations that make up a portion of the Space Network and provides mission services for near Earth satellites and orbiting vehicles.
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All missions
  • Thermospere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics Mission (TIMED)is studying the influences of the Sun and humans on the least explored region of Earth's atmosphere.
  • Topex Missionwill collect information with which scientists can relate changes in ocean currents to atmospheric and climate patterns.
  • Transition Region and Coronal Explorer (TRACE) Mission enables solar physicists to study the connections between fine-scale magnetic fields and the associated plasma structures on the Sun.
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All missions
  • Ulysses Missionto study the Sun at all latitudes.
  • Voyager - The Interstellar MissionVoyager 1 and Voyager 2 continue their ground-breaking journey with their current mission to study the region in space where the Sun's influence ends and the dark recesses of interstellar space begin.
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All Missions
  • Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)to take the first full sky picture of the early Universe.
  • Wind Missionto investigate the solar wind and its impact on the near-Earth environment.
  • XMM-NewtonThe Mirror Modules on this x-ray observatory allow XMM-Newton to detect millions of sources, far more than any previous X-ray mission.
research labs and centers
Research: Labs and Centers
  • Dryden Flight Research Center

Dryden over the past 50 years have lead to major advancements in the design and capabilities of many civilian and military aircraft.

  • Goddard Institute for Space StudiesResearch concentrates on global climate change.
  • Marshall Space Flight CenterOne of NASA's largest centers, Marshall develops and maintains space transportation and propulsion systems and conducts microgravity research.
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratoryin the California Institute of Technology.
  • NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at LewisOffice near Cleveland, OH devotes its research to aircraft propulsion and materials and microgravity science.
  • AMES research Center, CA, Sillicon Valley
  • Kennedy Research Center
  • Langley Research Center
  • Stennis Space Center
  • Johnson Space Center
data management
Data Management
  • Acquizition, Transmission, Archival
  • Networking
  • Compression/Preprocessing
  • Noise removal/Enhancement
  • Classification/description
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Retrieval/Access
  • and many other tasks