WASHINGTON, DC –Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) met with Director Christopher Scolese and representatives from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center this afternoon to receive an update on NASA Goddard’s missions and to discuss the importance of funding for earth science and education programs at the facility.

“I join in thanking Director Scolese for his leadership at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,”said Congressman Hoyer. “I appreciated receiving an update on some of the critical missions that Goddard employees are working on, including the PACE earth observation mission; the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission, which will settle essential questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets, and infrared astrophysics; and the development of new technologies in the Satellite Servicing Lab. The dedicated men and women at Goddard Space Flight Center have a proven track record of innovation, and their work ensures we have a better understanding of the health of our environment.”

“The Trump Administration’s blatant efforts to undermine investments in science, including the study of our planet, are deeply distressing,”continued Congressman Hoyer. “Instead, Republicans in Congress should work with Democrats on a bipartisan basis to invest in the essential work of NASA. I’m proud to represent NASA Goddard, and I will continue to work with Director Scolese and my colleagues in Washington to ensure the facility has the resources it needs to complete its many critical missions.”