As of May 2013, Maryland has the highest concentration of astronomers in the country, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Baltimore, Maryland, June 2006. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
Moderator Michael Akkerman (left) & author David Grinspoon (right) discuss Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto, Annapolis Book Festival, Key School, Annapolis, Maryland, April 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
In Maryland are a number of institutions concerned with astronomy, aeronautics, and space research, including the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt; the Maryland Science Center, Baltimore; and the Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore.
GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
Formed in May 1959, Goddard Space Flight Center is in Greenbelt. The Center was named for Robert Hutchings Goddard, the father of modern rocket propulsion. As part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Center was the first space flight complex established by NASA.
The Center is the nation's largest organization of combined scientists, engineers, and technologists that build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe.
Rocketship, modeled from recycled plastic bottle, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Maryland, August 2019. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.
SPACE TELESCOPE SCIENCE INSTITUTE
For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) operates the Space Telescope Science Institute at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
The Institute is responsible for the science program of the Hubble Space Telescope and will conduct the science and mission operations for its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, which is due to launch in 2018. The Insitute also supports other astronomy programs and conducts scientific research.
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