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Goddard Space Flight Center

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), located in Greenbelt, Maryland, is a major space science laboratory. It was named in memory of Robert Goddard, the father of modern rocket propulsion, and was established on May 1, 1959.

The Center manages many NASA missions studying the Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe, including the Hubble Space Telescope, INTEGRAL, SOHO, and Swift. Past missions include the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, COBE, and ROSAT.

Besides the main site in Greenbelt, other GSFC facilities include the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a division of GSFC's Earth Sciences Directorate, in New York City.

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