If NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center were to write a holiday letter, there would be no shortage of highlights to share. Gathered here are just a few of the shining moments from the Goddard 'household' in 2012.
NASA has completed negotiations and finalized the contracts for the spacecraft and instruments that comprise the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) Satellite, NOAA's second next generation operational polar-orbiting satellite, planned to launch in 2017. JPSS-1 will follow the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi NPP) satellite to maintain continuity of weather and environmental observations.
Earth Science Week: 2011's theme is 'Our Ever-Changing Earth.' NASA offers a variety of multimedia products and educational activities designed to improve understanding of the natural processes that shape our planet.