Texas A&M Space

Texas A&M is a space-grant university with a long history of conducting basic and applied research and workforce development in space exploration. Our faculty are at the forefront of earth and planetary sciences, human space-flight research and planetary surface engineering and construction. Scientists and engineers from Texas A&M worked on all NASA rover missions to Mars, and two scientists are active on NASA’s Perseverance Rover Team.

Astronaut Michael E. Fossum, STS-121 mission specialist, works on a section of the International Space Station during the mission’s first session of extravehicular activity (EVA).



To escalate the economic growth and technological innovation of Texas and the U.S. in space exploration by providing a responsive and dynamic space curriculum, world-class research and technology transition.

STS-135 Atlantis Prelaunch

NASA/Bill Ingalls


Texas A&M is committed to leading the future of space exploration. We are becoming a recognized hub and center of excellence for human and robotic space exploration by leveraging expertise, laboratories and facilities, strategic partnerships, and resources to foster new discoveries, technological innovations, and a next-generation workforce that benefits Texas and society.


One: Establish

Establish Texas A&M as a go-to institution and national leader for space-related capabilities including research, technological developments, policy and workforce development.

Two: Advance

Advance space research in focus areas of national and commercial priority and establish strong collaborations with space agencies/institutes and private launch and space operations companies.

Three: Build

Build state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities to facilitate current and future space-related research.

Four: Integrate

Integrate disciplinary expertise across Texas A&M to enable faculty, researchers, and students to shape the future of space exploration by leading new space missions; developing supporting instruments, tools, and facilities; and developing new concepts and frameworks.

Five: Manage

Build a state-of-the-art robotic mission operation center to manage a portfolio of NASA’s existing missions, other universities’ missions, and new space missions led by Texas A&M.

At a Glance

University Research Info

  • Triple designation as a land-grant, space-grant and sea-grant university
  • Total research expenditures $1.153 billion in FY22
  • Top 10 public university in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation’s HERD Survey for FY21
  • 92 doctoral programs
  • More than 55 current members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on the faculty
  • More than 70,000 students

Space Exploration Research Info

  • 12-plus colleges or schools conducting space-related research
  • 316 active projects
  • 430+ Former Students work at NASA
  • $154 million in funding
  • Collaborates with other universities, the aerospace industry and government agencies

Space Exploration Initiatives and Programs

Major Space Related Facilities

Texas A&M researchers have access to some of the nation’s most technologically advanced facilities to support their work in space exploration research and new facilities are on the horizon. The Texas Legislature awarded $200 million to The Texas A&M University System to build facilities next to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to support Texas A&M and other system schools in space research and technology development.

Faculty and Research Scientists

Texas A&M University employs more than 280 space scientists and investigators, and Texas A&M is the only university in the nation with four astronauts on the faculty:

Dr. Gregory E. Chamitoff

Dr. Nancy J. Currie-Gregg

Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar

Col. Michael E. Fossum ’80


More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students enroll annually in Texas A&M’s space-related academic programs. With more than 20 specific courses related to space exploration and multiple opportunities to work in space-related laboratories and facilities and to participate in space-focused student organizations, Texas A&M is a leader in space workforce development.

Former Students

Currently, more than 430 Texas A&M graduates work at NASA (as reported to The Association of Former Students). In addition to NASA and other government agencies, traditional spaceflight companies such as Boeing, Lockheed, KBR and Collins Aerospace, as well as emerging commercial-spaceflight companies such as SpaceX, Blue Origin and Axiom, employ our Former Students.