About ESPD

The Earth Science Projects Division (ESPD) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) provides infrastructure and personnel for engineering support, mission assurance, facilities, resources, business/finance, personnel, information technology, security, documentation, and configuration management for two NASA Headquarters programs:

• The Earth Systematic Missions (ESM) program is part of NASA’s Earth Science Division (ESD) within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). The ESM program office at GSFC (ESMPO-G) is responsible for the management and coordination of all systematic Earth observation missions and projects at GSFC and Langley Research Center in support of ESD.

• The Reimbursable Projects Program (RPP) manages a select set of U.S. partner agency funded projects as part of the Joint Agency Satellite Division (JASD) also within SMD.


Enabling Earth science mission success to understand, protect, and preserve our home for ourselves and future generations.
ESPD integrates the best people and processes to ensure successful execution and implementation of our missions. We provide continuous oversight and independent assessments for our directed ESMPO-G and RPP missions, enabling detailed understanding of our projects. We manage Earth science data, which is provided at no cost to worldwide users, and maintain and expand the historical Earth science data record.
The Earth system, like the human body, comprises diverse components that interact in complex ways, like our oceans, land, air, and precipitation. Our missions observe the fundamental components that enable scientists to study the interactions between our planetʼs complex systems from space.

On a planetary scale, we can only answer these questions with the vantage point of space, and with data records that are calibrated and validated, consistent, and continuous over decadal time scales.