Press field trip: NASA’s next frontiers

Sponsored by NASA

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Visit the research labs, satellite operations centers, and the facilities where spacecraft are designed, built, and tested at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, one of the space agency’s primary science hubs – and one of the only institutions in the world able to support the whole life cycle of a space science mission from conception to manufacture to data analysis.

With the OSIRIS-Rex mission approaching the asteroid Bennu, and with the launches of TESS, Parker Solar Probe, and ICESat-2, NASA Goddard is leaning heavily into cutting-edge research missions to study our home planet, our solar system, and well beyond. Tour stops will include opportunities to see the clean rooms and “chamber of horrors” facilities where some of NASA’s most iconic science missions were built and tested, and the opportunity to meet and interact with scientists and engineers at work on NASA’s ongoing and next major science missions.

This field trip is sponsored by NASA.


When: Thursday, 13 December 2018, 1:00–4:00 P.M.

Where: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland. Transportation details to and from NASA Goddard are still being arranged.

Cost: Free!

Eligibility: Space for the tour is currently limited to 20 spots, though we may be able to offer more. Staff journalists representing media organizations, freelance journalists, photographers, videographers, bloggers, authors, and filmmakers will have first priority for registration. Field trip attendees MUST be registered as press for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting to attend. However, it is not necessary to wait for your press credentials to be approved to register for the field trip. You can register online for Fall Meeting press credentials here.

Register: Reporters can register for the field trip here. RSVPs for Foreign National media must be entered by 16 November, 2018, in order to process NASA badging requirements. All reporters planning to attend the field trip MUST preregister; no on-site registrations will be accepted.

Note: If you register for the field trip and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration as soon as possible so that NASA can make your spot available to another person.

Questions: Email Patrick Lynch at