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Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory (Code 614)

For Our Colleagues
Scientific/Technical Information

Accounts Information

We can provide login access for scientific colleagues who are engaged in active collaborations with Laboratory scientists. Because of NASA's increased emphasis on computer security, the process for creating such accounts is more formal and requires some paperwork.

Step 1: Obtain NASA Agency registration and authorization

If you already have login access to NASA computers at Goddard Space Flight Center, then this step is already done, and you can skip to Step 2 below. (Note, however, that at some point in the near future, you will need to go through some kind of special approval process at the Agency level in order to get an account on our system.)

If you do not have access to NASA computers at Goddard, then you will need to register with the NASA "IdMax" system. Read and sign the computer rules of behavior put out by Goddard's Code 600. Then wait for approval. Note that for foreign nationals, the process will involve more bureacracy, more required approvals, federal investigations, and consequently a lengthier wait.

Also, please note that we require two-factor authentication when you log in from remote sites. Currently the official NASA way of doing two-factor is to use NASA-issued RSA tokens. Thus, you may need to apply for an RSA token at the same time you apply for a NASA IdMax identity.

To get the process started, contain Georgiann Batluck. Her phone number is 301-614-6044, and her email address is She can advise you on how to begin.

Step 2: Fill out the on-line application form

Please fill in all items.

(If you cannot use the on-line form for some reason, download this version or this version, print it out, and fill in all informtion.)

Step 3: Print out and sign the PostScript form that you get when you submit your on-line application.

Sign the application form on the line within the box labelled "ALL USERS MUST READ AND SIGN THIS STATEMENT". Unfortunately, we do need your signature on the application, so you must send us the piece of paper. (Yes, we do know about electronic signing, and someday perhaps we will be able to support that. But not today.)

Step 4: Send the completed form(s) to us.

Send your signed application form by regular postal mail to your contact here in Code 614, or by fax to 301-614-5903.

Step 5: Wait until all the official approvals have been signed

We will let you know when this is done.

Step 6: Start using your new account

  • If you are logging in from a remote location, you must use SSH (Secure Shell) with its version 2 protocol. If you do not have this software, there are free versions around for Unix , Windows, and Apple Macintosh. (Do a web search to find them.) Remember that you will need two-factor authentication to log in remotely.
  • If you are local, we will try to have you set your account password yourself. But if you are not available, and we make up a password for you, you must change it when you first log in.
  • All accounts have to be renewed at least once a year. If your need for the account ends before then, please let your system administrator know.
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