Many space activities center around large Government or International
Bureaucracies.  In the US that means NASA.  If you have basic information
requests: (e.g., general PR info, research grants, data, limited tours, and
ESPECIALLY SUMMER EMPLOYMENT (typically resumes should be ready by Jan.  1),
etc.), consider contacting the nearest NASA Center to answer your questions.

EMail typically will not get you any where, computers are used by
investigators, not PR people. The typical volume of mail per Center is a
multiple of 10,000 letters a day. Seek the Public Information Office at one
of the below, this is their job:

NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is the
civilian space agency of of the United States Federal Government.
It reports directly to the White House and is not a Cabinet
post such as the military Department of Defense.  Its 20K+ employees
are civil servants and hence US citizens.  Another 100K+ contractors
also work for NASA.


    NASA Headquarters (NASA HQ)
    Washington DC 20546

        Ask them questions about policy, money, and things of political
        nature. Direct specific questions to the appropriate center.

    NASA Ames Research Center (ARC)
    Moffett Field, CA 94035

        Some aeronautical research, atmosphere reentry, Mars and Venus
        planetary atmospheres. "Lead center" for Helicopter research,
        V/STOL, etc. Runs Pioneer series of space probes.

    NASA Ames Research Center
    Dryden Flight Research Facility [DFRF]
    P. O. Box 273
    Edwards, CA  93523

        Aircraft, mostly. Tested the shuttle orbiter landing
        characteristics. Developed X-1, D-558, X-3, X-4, X-5, XB-70, and of
        course, the X-15.

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
    Greenbelt, MD 20771
    [Outside of Washington DC]

        Earth orbiting unmanned satellites and sounding rockets. Developed

    Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
    California Institute of Technology
    4800 Oak Grove Dr.
    Pasadena, CA 91109

        The "heavies" in planetary research probes and other unmanned
        projects (they also had a lot to do with IRAS). They run Voyager,
        Magellan, Galileo, and will run Cassini, CRAF, etc. etc.. For
        images, probe navigation, and other info about unmanned exploration,
        this is the place to go.

        JPL is run under contract for NASA by the nearby California
        Institute of Technology, unlike the NASA centers above. This
        distinction is subtle but critical. JPL has different requirements
        for unsolicited research proposals and summer hires. For instance in
        the latter, an SF 171 is useless. Employees are Caltech employees,
        contractors, and for the most part have similar responsibilities.
        They offer an alternative to funding after other NASA Centers.

        A fact sheet and description of JPL is available by anonymous
        FTP in


    NASA Johnson Manned Space Center (JSC)
    Houston, TX 77058

        JSC manages Space Shuttle, ground control of manned missions.
        Astronaut training. Manned mission simulators.

    NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center (KSC)
    Titusville, FL 32899

        Space launch center. You know this one.

    NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
    Hampton, VA 23665
    [Near Newport News, VA]

        Original NASA site. Specializes in theoretical and experimental
        flight dynamics. Viking. Long Duration Exposure Facility.

    NASA Lewis Research Center (LeRC)
    21000 Brookpark Rd.
    Cleveland, OH 44135

        Aircraft/Rocket propulsion. Space power generation. Materials

    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
    Huntsville, AL 35812

        Development, production, delivery of Solid Rocket Boosters, External
        Tank, Orbiter main engines. Propulsion and launchers.

    Michoud Assembly Facility
    Orleans Parish
    New Orleans, LA 70129

        Shuttle external tanks are produced here; formerly Michoud produced
        first stages for the Saturn V.

    Stennis Space Center
    Bay St. Louis, Mississippi 39529

        Space Shuttle main engines are tested here, as were Saturn V first
        and second stages. The center also does remote-sensing and
        technology-transfer research.

    Wallops Flight Center
    Wallops Island, VA 23337
            Aeronautical research, sounding rockets, Scout launcher.

    Manager, Technology Utilization Office
    NASA Scientific and Technical Information Facility
    Post Office Box 8757
    Baltimore, Maryland 21240

    Specific requests for software must go thru COSMIC at the Univ. of
    Georgia, NASA's contracted software redistribution service. You can
    reach them at cosmic@uga.bitnet.

    NOTE: Foreign nationals requesting information must go through their
    Embassies in Washington DC. These are facilities of the US Government
    and are regarded with some degree of economic sensitivity. Centers
    cannot directly return information without high Center approval. Allow
    at least 1 month for clearance. This includes COSMIC.

The US Air Force Space Command can be contacted thru the Pentagon along with
    other Department of Defense offices. They have unacknowledged offices in
    Los Angeles, Sunnyvale, Colorado Springs, and other locations. They have
    a budget which rivals NASA in size.

    Boulevard de l'Europe
    B.P. 177
    91006 Evry Cedex

    1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 875
    Washington, DC 20006

    2, place Maurice Quentin
    F-75039 Paris Cedex 01, FRANCE
    phone 33 (1)

    7500 Forbes Boulevard
    Lanham, MD 20706
    (800)-344-9933 (Landsat Applications Group)
    955 L'Enfant Plaza S.W.
    Washington, D.C. 20024

    4-1 Hamamatsu-Cho, 2 Chome
    Minato-Ku, Tokyo 105, JAPAN (Public Relations Office)

    45 Vologradsij Pr.
    Moscow 109125

    Alabama Space and Rocket Center     U.S. SPACE CAMP
    1 Tranquility Base                  6225 Vectorspace Blvd
    Huntsville, AL 35805                Titusville FL  32780
    (205)-837-3400                      (407)267-3184

    Registration and mailing list are handled through Huntsville -- both
    camps are described in the same brochure.

    Programs offered at Space Camp are:

        Space Camp - one week, youngsters completing grades 4-6
        Space Academy I - one week, grades 7-9
        Aviation Challenge - one week high school program, grades 9-11
        Space Academy II - 8 days, college accredited, grades 10-12
        Adult Program - 3 days (editorial comment: it's great!)
        Teachers Program - 5 days

SPACE COMMERCE CORPORATION (U.S. agent for Soviet launch services)
    504 Pluto Drive                 69th flr, Texas Commerce Tower
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906      Houston, TX 77002
    (719)-578-5490                  (713)-227-9000

    600 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Suite 201 West
    Washington, DC 20004

    101 Courageous Dr.      711 W. Bay Area Blvd. #320
    League City, TX 77573   Webster, TX 77598
    (713) 538-6000

    I'm not certain which of these two addresses is correct.

    1857 Preston White Drive,
    Reston, VA 22091
    (FAX) (703)-648-1813    (703)-620-2200


    Vincent Cate maintains a list with addresses and some info for a variety
of companies in space-related businesses. This is mailed out on the
space-investors list he runs (see the "Network Resources" FAQ) and is also
available by anonymous ftp from ( in

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