The Maryland-based center is the nation's largest organization of scientists and engineers who build spacecraft and technology to study the Earth, our solar system and the universe.
In 2016, its Hubble operations helped scientists determine that the observable universe has 10 times more galaxies than we previously thought. Goddard's Operation IceBridge measured the volatile Antarctic ice for the eighth year in a row. The center also launched the nation's first asteroid sampling mission into space.
Learn more about Goddard's other achievements last year here.