Goddard scientists stare into the sun, grind up meteorites for signs of life's building blocks, look "back in time" into outer space, and untangle Earth's mysteries. Goddard engineers construct sensitive instruments, build telescopes that peer into deep space, and design test chambers that ensure those satellites' survival.
Everything Goddard does is for science and mankind. That is why our data is freely available to everyone in the world. Goddard is proud to be one of NASA's centers and humbled by the task it's been given.
We have more scientists, engineers and technologists here than anywhere else in the U.S.
How do you pronounce GIF?
With our affinity for acronyms, you hear it both ways here.
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Creating extra accounts to retweet yourself. Cyberbullying. Assuming your viewpoint is the only valid one.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That you can't have a conversation on it. You definitely can!
How do you or your organization use social media? What makes your use unique?
As a large government institution that's all about science and technology, our goal is to endlessly remind everyone that we're human.
Our content may be out of this world, but we strive to be easily within reach on social media. We engage by answering people's questions, liking their Facebook posts, retweeting their tweets, favoriting their Instagram posts. We host conversations on Skype, YouTube and Google+.
Our content is unique, and our excitement to share that content is what makes our social media sing.
We get blown away by images of things like supernovas and solar flares, so we post those images to Instagram, We're in awe of our scientist's discoveries, so we share them on Twitter. We're thrilled by the engineers' new technologies, so we post them to Facebook.
Our mission, and we choose to accept it, is to share our excitement of our scientists' and engineers' achievements in 140 characters or less.