elcome to NASA Langley Re-search Center in Hampton,Virginia.I hope you’ll enjoy getting acquainted inthe ollowing pages as we highlight our ac-complishments as one o NASA’s 10 eld centers. We’ve had an exciting time helping urther the ex-ploration o space, making new scientic discover-ies about our home planet, and conducting break-through research in aeronautics to make air travelsaer and better or us all. What has made the past year so exciting atLangley? We have become an important part o the nation’squest to explore the solar system – NASA’s Visionor Space Exploration to the moon, Mars, and be-yond. Langley is helping to develop a space shuttlereplacement system, which includes two launchvehicles and the crew capsule known as Orion. Aspart o this eort, we are evaluating designs or alaunch-abort system that will provide crew escapei the vehicle malunctions during lito. We’realso helping with designs o Orion’s heat shield andlanding system – and so much more as you’ll nd inthe Exploration section o this update.In aeronautics, Langley is hard at work contrib-uting to NASA initiatives to make air travel saer,quieter, and more ecient through a program thatincludes work in undamental aeronautics, aviationsaety and airspace systems. An example o this isthe research being done toward next-generationaircrat – such as the blended wing body, a sig-nicantly more uel ecient and environmentally riendly design than current airplanes. Langley alsocontinues to advance developments in supersonicand hypersonic fight. Read the Aeronau-tics section or a more comprehensive re-view o this eort.In science, NASA Langley has partnered with researchers around the world tostudy Earth rom space so we may advance under-standing o our home planet. Our newest mission was launched in April 2006: the Cloud-Aerosol Li-dar and Inrared Pathnder Satellite Observations(CALIPSO). Tis mission will help us learn moreabout clouds and airborne particles called aerosolsso that scientists may understand how they aectour air quality, weather, and climate. We’re alsostudying the atmospheres on other planets in thesolar system – such as Mars – so that we can saely explore those planets. As a key part o our research and development e-orts, Langley has ormed strategic relationships with organizations throughout the private and pub-lic sectors. Tese partnerships and collaborationsnot only help us achieve challenging missions, they also enable the commercialization and availability – to you – o NASA technologies and services. Tiscollaboration also contributes to the economy o the region and the nation, a subject touched on inthe Economic Impact section o this document.Letting you know about our work here at Langley is part o our mission. Tis update illustrates howyour tax dollars are being put to use or the beneto all.
Lesa B. Roe
DirectorNASA Langley Research Center
CENTER DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE