Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters
NASA logo
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Alternative namesNASA Headquarters
Two Independence Square
General information
TypeGovernment offices
Commercial offices
Location300 Hidden Figures Way SW
Washington, D.C.
Coordinates38°52′59″N 77°00′59″W / 38.8830°N 77.0163°W / 38.8830; -77.0163Coordinates: 38°52′59″N 77°00′59″W / 38.8830°N 77.0163°W / 38.8830; -77.0163
OwnerHana Asset Management[1]
Technical details
Floor count9
Design and construction
Architect(s)Evans Heintges Architects
Kohn Pedersen Fox
DeveloperBoston Properties

NASA Headquarters, officially known as Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters or NASA HQ and formerly named Two Independence Square, is a low-rise office building in the two-building Independence Square complex at 300 E Street SW in Washington, D.C. The building houses NASA leadership who provide overall guidance and direction to the US government executive branch agency NASA, under the leadership of the NASA administrator. Ten field centers and a variety of installations around the country conduct the day-to-day work.[3]

NASA Headquarters is organized into four Mission Directorates: Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations.

The James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium, named for NASA's second administrator James E. Webb, hosts agency news conferences and NASA Social events. A lending library, the history office, archives, production facilities for NASA TV, and a NASA gift shop are also housed in the building.[4]

The building, which opened in 1992, was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox, with George How as the senior designer.[5] It is currently owned by South Korean investment firm Hana Asset Management and leased to NASA through 2028.[1]

On June 12, 2019, the street in front of the building was renamed Hidden Figures Way in honor of some of NASA's black women mathematicians, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who were the central characters in the 2016 film Hidden Figures.[6] On June 24, 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. had been renamed to Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters, after NASA's first black woman engineer, Mary W. Jackson.[7] On February 26, 2021 a ceremony was held officially renaming the building.[8]


  1. ^ a b "S. Korean Investment Firm Buys NASA HQ in DC". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  2. ^ "Emporis building ID 119599". Emporis. Archived from the original on September 18, 2020.
  3. ^ NASA – About NASA Headquarters
  4. ^ Mather, John C.; Boslough, John (2008). The very first light : the true inside story of the scientific journey back to the dawn of the universe (Rev. and updated. ed.). New York, NY: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0-465-00529-1.
  5. ^ "George M. How, 35, An Architect, Is Dead". The New York Times. 1993-02-25. Retrieved 2020-07-26.
  6. ^ "Sign of Progress: Street Renaming Puts NASA Headquarters on Hidden Figures Way". 12 June 2019. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  7. ^ Potter, Sean (2020-06-24). "NASA Names Headquarters After 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson". NASA. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  8. ^ Potter, Sean (24 February 2021). "NASA to Honor 'Hidden Figure' Mary W. Jackson During Naming Ceremony". NASA. Retrieved 26 February 2021.