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The Sciences and Exploration Directorate is the largest Earth and space science research organization in the world. Its scientists advance understanding of the Earth and its life-sustaining environment, the Sun, the solar system, and the wider universe beyond. The Directorate is part of Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Researchers in the Sciences and Exploration Directorate work with engineers, computer programmers, technologists, and other team members to develop the cutting-edge technology needed for space-based research. Instruments are also deployed on aircraft, balloons, and Earth's surface.

The Directorate's researchers share their findings and data with the scientific community. Education and Public Outreach programs explain the science to students and the general public.

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Colleen Hartman wins Outstanding Leadership award from WIA

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Colleen Hartman recently won an Outstanding Leadership award from the WIA (Women in Aerospace). The award was presented on Oct. 13, 2016. Along with Administrator Bolden is Lisa Kelleher, Diane Elben, Dale Clark, Colleen, Stacey Day, Brittany Whetzel, and Holly Gilbert.

Dr. Sellers continues to share the amazing Earth science analysis done by NASA

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Left to right: Ban Ki-Moon, John Kerry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Piers Sellers, and Fisher Stevens attend a special screening of "Before the Flood" at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on October 20, 2016.

Nordberg Award Winner Piers Sellers receives award from Colleen Hartman and presents memorial lecture.

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