Aerospace and the
JSC and the
The Johnson Space Center is on the Texas coastal plain about 25 miles
southeast of downtown Houston. It is one of ten field centers of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The Johnson Space Center is NASA's lead center for
The Center's agency-wide assignments include extravehicular activity (space walks), robotics technology associated with human activities, space medicine, technology utilization on the International Space Station and exploration mission planning and design.
The Johnson Space Center is responsible for astronaut selection and training, and is home to the nation's astronaut corps, about 150 men and women diverse in heritage and background. They are among 14,716 people, including 3,387 civil servants, who worked at the Center near Clear Lake, not far from Galveston Bay, as FY 1997 began.
The Johnson Space Center also is responsible for curatorial care and study of lunar and planetary material. At the Center is more than 840 pounds of lunar material gathered by astronauts of the six missions that took men to the moon's surface. It was received and processed, and is carefully stored and protected in a specially designed facility. Material believed to be from Mars -- material that fell to Earth as meteorites after being blasted from that planet's surface by a cosmic collision -- also is at the facility.