What Does NASA Do?

NASA's 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 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 has been on the forefront within the federal government in utilizing Web 2.0 technologies, and has embraced the use of social media technologies to enhance communication, collaboration, and information exchange in support of the Agency's mission. Engaging with people on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, YouTube and other sites is bringing the story of NASA to new audiences that may not otherwise connect with us.


A list of many of NASA’s social media accounts can be found at www.nasa.gov/connect/


About NASA Images and NASA on The Commons

Through a competitive process, NASA selected The Internet Archive to organize a comprehensive online compilation of NASA's vast collection of photographs, historic film and video on the NASA Images Web site under a non-exclusive Space Act agreement, signed in July 2007. Launched in 2008, NASA Images is already making hundreds of thousands of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content available to the public, and the collection is growing daily at no cost to taxpayers.


All photographs on the NASAcommons Flickr account originate from the compilation of archives at NASA Images. NASA on The Commons will allow the media on NASA Images to reach an even wider audience and invite that audience to help tell the story of these photos by adding tags, or keywords, to the images to identify objects and people. In addition the community can engage in conversation by sharing comments to add information, stories, and thoughts. These valuable contributions will help make the images easier to find online and add insight about NASA.


Photo Comment and Posting Policy

NASA welcomes your comments on its web material. To encourage free-flowing discussion while maintaining appropriate decorum , we will monitor comments for adherence to these rules:


Stay on topic. Other readers expect the posts they see here to deal with the topic at hand.


No personal attacks. Criticism of decision-making and operational management, including the names of the individuals involved, is legitimate. Criticism on a purely personal level is not.


No profanity. No spam. No sexually explicit or discriminatory material.


Comments about politics and politicians must, like everything else, be on-topic and free from personal attacks.


Because of security concerns and NASA's legal obligation to avoid appearing to endorse commercial goods or services, posts containing URLs may not be published.


All comments will be monitored and considered for removal if they violate these rules or are flagged by a community member.

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