Your planet. Our mission.
At the Science Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center, we translate atmospheric discovery into better solutions to protect the planet Earth and its people. We monitor the Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. We develop new ways to observe and study the Earth’s interconnected natural systems with long-term science data records.
Science research at Langley, specifically in atmospheric science, can trace its beginnings to the Center’s aeronautical studies, and then later, in atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric chemistry research, and research emphasis to the environment. The Science Directorate identifies four critical areas of research that supports its mission.
Meet our team of scientific superheroes on a mission to save the planet. We are committed to delivering science that is balanced between Research & Analysis, technology development, airborne science and flight development. We create essential global data records utilized by the international science community.
Our work has shaped how scientists study the Earth and our atmosphere, and makes a difference in people’s lives around the world every day — from farms to our national parks, from today’s response to natural disasters to tomorrow’s air quality, from the Arctic to the Amazon.