NSSDC Hosts Space Science Experimenters Analysis Facility Open House

Volume 11, Number 2, June 1995
By Valerie Thomas
Anyone who has not been in the basement of Building 26 recently will be in for a surprise. Building 26 has been NSSDC's home at Goddard since its opening in 1968. In place of the tape archive, photo lab, and office space is a new Space Science Experimenters Analysis Facility. This new facility includes a large open area with several picture windows and will accommodate the Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) and Global Geospace Science (GGS) experimenters, a large conference room, a kitchen, a computer room (of the Solar Data Analysis Center), and a new ladies room.

There was a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for this new facility during the Open House picnic on May 2, 1995. According to Dr. James L. Green, before the ribbon was actually cut, "the opening of this facility will usher in a new era in correlative solar-terrestrial science, supporting many space physics missions." Many of the European SOHO scientists who will occupy the space were at GSFC for the flight simulation activities. They enjoyed the opportunity to tour the space and locate their new work areas. Even though the weather was rainy and the picnic was moved inside, it is safe to say that "a good time was had by all."

Dr. James Green cuts the ribbon to the new Space Science Experimenters Analysis Facility.

Alternative arrangements for NSSDC's tape and photo archives and affected office space were made at and near Goddard.

Open House guests enjoy a picnic after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Former Photo Lab before construction. . .

during construction. . .

and after construction.

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