To establish the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI), NASA's scientists chose the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.
Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), said, "NASA sees enormous benefits from investing in research and technology development in small spacecraft systems, such as propulsion, that will be essential in advancing the commercial space sector.
With the aim of showcasing the unique capabilities of small spacecraft to support science, exploration and space operations, STMD launched the Small Spacecraft Technology Program in 2011.
EDT, and the twin GRAIL spacecraft Ebb and Flow currently orbiting the moon.
With Spacecraft 3D and a mobile device, you can put high definition, three-dimensional models literally into the hands of kids of all ages," said Stephen Kulczycki, deputy director for communications and education at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.
The spacecraft had hopped aboard the interplanetary superhighway, a network of tubes criss-crossing through the solar system.
Genesis was the most efficient space mission ever flown," says Jerrold Marsden, a mathematician at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena who studies spacecraft trajectories.