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Our innovations in chemical, electric, nuclear propulsion, and propellant management technology allow us to develop capabilities that are critical in NASA’s mission to take astronauts to numerous deep-space destinations.

As humans continue to explore life beyond Earth, experts at NASA Glenn Research Center are experimenting with how a fire can spread in space.
V2 Glasses State Explained
The Glenn Extreme Environment Rig (GEER)
NASA takes first 3-D Microscopic Image on the International Space Station. A composite 3D model of NASA’s Advanced Colloids Experiment.

What we’re working on



A collection of acronyms used extensively by the space flight program/projects.

Students participate in NASA’s Drop Tower Challenge program.
Students participate in NASA’s Drop Tower Challenge program.

Education and Outreach

The astronauts and operators of future robotic vehicles who will explore the Moon, Mars, and beyond are in schools across the country. Educating these future scientists and engineers is a priority for NASA, with programs available at all educational levels for students to get involved with their space program.

Artist's rendering of the European-built service module for NASA's Orion crew-transport vehicle.

European Service Module

The Orion crew transport vehicle’s European Service Module (ESM) is the spacecraft’s powerhouse, supplying it with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air, and water in space.

Artists rendering of the Universal Stage Adapter (Credit: Dynetics)

Universal Stage Adapter (USA)

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is designed to be flexible and evolvable to meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs – and with an exploration upper stage (EUS) planned for future configurations, the Universal Stage Adapter (USA) will connect the rocket to the Orion spacecraft.

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Human Research Program

The human research conducted at the GRC focuses on exercise, physiology, exploration medical capability, and other related issues.

International Space Station

ISS Research Program

NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program at the International Space Station (ISS) has conducted striking fundamental and applied research leading to improved space systems and new, advantageous products on Earth.

Solar Electric Propulsion

Solar Electric Propulsion

“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” —Inscription on Columbus’ ships

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