NASA Headquarters

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Two Independence Square
Alternative names NASA Headquarters
General information
Type Government offices
Commercial offices
Location 300 E Street SW
Washington D.C.
Coordinates 38°52′59″N 77°00′59″W / 38.8830°N 77.0163°W / 38.8830; -77.0163Coordinates: 38°52′59″N 77°00′59″W / 38.8830°N 77.0163°W / 38.8830; -77.0163
Completed 1992
Technical details
Floor count 9
Design and construction
Architect Evans Heintges Architects
Kohn Pederson Fox
Developer Boston Properties

Two Independence Square, better known as NASA Headquarters, is a low-rise building in the two-building Independence Square complex at 300 E Street SW in Washington D.C. The building houses NASA leadership who provide overall guidance and direction to the US government executive branch agency NASA, under the leadership of the NASA administrator. Ten field centers and a variety of installations around the country conduct the day-to-day work.[3]

To implement NASA's mission, NASA Headquarters is organized into four Mission Directorates.

  • Aeronautics: Pioneers and proves new flight technologies that improve our ability to explore and which have practical applications on Earth.
  • Exploration Systems: Creates new capabilities and spacecraft for affordable, sustainable human and robotic exploration.
  • Science: Explores the Earth, moon, Mars, and beyond; charts the best route of discovery; and reaps the benefits of Earth and space exploration for society.
  • Space Operations: Provides critical enabling technologies for much of the rest of NASA through the space shuttle, the International Space Station, and flight support.

The James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium, named for NASA's second administrator James E. Webb, hosts agency news conferences and NASA Social events. A lending library, the history office and archives along with production facilities for NASA TV are also housed in the building.[4]


  1. ^ NASA Headquarters at Emporis
  2. ^ NASA Headquarters at Structurae
  3. ^ NASA - About NASA Headquarters
  4. ^ Mather, John C.; Boslough, John (2008). The very first light : the true inside story of the scientific journey back to the dawn of the universe (Rev. and updated. ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-00529-1. 

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