NASA is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Established in 1957, NASA is the United States lead agency for aeronautics and space research, and runs the U.S. civilian space program.
On May 25, 1961, NASA was assigned the task by President John F. Kennedy of "landing a man on the surface of the moon and returning him safely to Earth" by the end of the decade; this goal was accomplished by the Apollo project in July, 1969
NASA's headquarters is in Washington, D.C., but the technical NASA work is accomplished at the nine NASA Field Centers, as well as by universities and private industry under contract to NASA.
NASA Flight Centers :
- Langley Research Center in Florida
- Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas
- Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama
- Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland
- Stennis Space Center in MIssissippi
NASA Research Centers:
- Dryden Flight Research Center in California
- Ames Research Center in California
- John Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio
- Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia
and one affiliated laboratory,
 Ad Hoc Committees
Lunar Exploration Program Working Group LEPAG
 Future Work for NASA
Periodically, the management of any large organization needs to take stock of future work as part of its planning process. In this effort, the organization should look at both problems and opportunities that lie ahead. The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is undergoing this process in the spring of 2008.
The official process may be constrained by political or bureaucratic limitations and therefore unable to address some of the hard questions that lie in our path. An unofficial alternative analysis, Future Work for NASA, that does not blink in the face of the great problems foreseen for the 21st century, is now available.
 NASA Lunar Programs
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