Investment Areas

We fund new technologies to study Earth. From an initial concept design all the way to in-space validation, we work with researchers to build and develop new ideas that advance Earth science research.

Our Mission

NASA monitors and studies Earth from the unique vantage point of space. The Earth Science Technology Office is part of NASA Headquarters’ Earth Science Division, along with the Research and Analysis, Applied Sciences and Flight programs. The four programs design science and technology, launch airborne and space missions, analyze data and observations, and develop ways to put the information to use to benefit society.¬†

The Earth Science Technology Office runs open, competitive solicitations to fund people to build and validate new technologies that enable future science missions. Our projects aim to reduce the risk, size, cost and development time of NASA science missions and turn state-of-the-art technologies into the state-of-the-science.