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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Kyle Stone | GovCentral Contributing Writer

April 28, 2008

The mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to “pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research”. More specifically, NASA represents four principle organizations, referred to as mission directorates:

● Aeronautics: pioneers and proves new flight technologies that improve our ability to explore and which have practical applications on Earth.
● Exploration Systems: creates new capabilities and spacecraft for affordable, sustainable human and robotic exploration.
● Science: explores the Earth, moon, Mars and beyond; charts the best route of discovery; and reaps the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society.
● Space Operations: provides critical enabling technologies for much of the rest of NASA through the space shuttle, the International Space Station and flight support.

NASA Headquarters, located in Washington, oversees the organization under the leadership of Head Administrator Michael Griffin.

Number of Civilian Employees: 18,000

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Agency Website: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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