... a place where pursuit of new knowledge leads to breakthroughs that range from insights on the structure and evolution of the universe to better understanding Earth's weather. That place is the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC) - a unique, collaborative research and education organization. NSSTC is a place that brings together creative new people, new ideas and important facilities to enable advances in Earth science, space science, material science, biotechnology, propulsion, advanced optics and information technology. The NSSTC research environment encourages excellence and innovation and promotes interdisciplinary research by capitalizing on the synergy among these disciplines. Activities conducted by NSSTC scientists and engineers range from fundamental science investigations to early technology development to mission operations and data analysis.