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Is NASA a part of the Department of Defense?
NASA is not a part of the Department of Defense, nor of any other Cabinet-level department. NASA's administrator reports directly to the White House.
When is the next rocket launch? Can I go see it?
The main NASA launch schedule is at: This lists launches from Kennedy, where NASA's largest rockets are launched, as well as launches from NASA's sounding rocket launch site, Wallops, and other locations.
I think I found a meteorite. Can you help me out?
Contact your local museum of natural history or planetarium. Several of them have collections of meteorites & experts who can appraise them. The website of the International Planetarium Society is:
I have a medal that came from NASA. Can you tell me more about it?
NASA hands out many medals. Details on them can be found at:
My question isn't on your list!
You can contact NASA's Public Communications and Inquiries Management Office:
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Last Updated: Nov. 2007