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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Recent studies pertaining to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, undertaken by the National Academy of Public Administration


NASA Balancing a Multisector Workforce to Achieve a Healthy Organization

February, 2007
February, 2006
November, 2005

  NASA Launch Service Program: A Management Assessment

October, 2006


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.  To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world -- and off of it -- for almost 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What's out there in space? How do we get there? What will we find? What can we learn there, or learn just by trying to get there, that will make life better here on Earth?

NASA Headquarters, in Washington, provides overall guidance and direction to the agency.  Ten field centers and a variety of installations conduct the day-to-day work, in laboratories, on air fields, in wind tunnels and in control rooms.  NASA conducts its work in four principle organizations, called mission directorates:

  • Aeronautics: pioneers and proves new flight technologies that improve our ability to explore and which have practical applications on Earth.
  • Exploration Systems: creates new capabilities and spacecraft for affordable, sustainable human and robotic exploration.
  • Science: explores the Earth, moon, Mars and beyond; charts the best route of discovery; and reaps the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society.
  • Space Operations: provides critical enabling technologies for much of the rest of NASA through the space shuttle, the International Space Station and flight support.
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Implementing the Recovery Act: Resources 



Department/Agency Specific Prune Job Profiles:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Administrator