On December 20, 1939, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics broke ground for a new laboratory at Moffett Field, near the towns of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, California. Named for Joseph Ames, the architect of aeronautical science, the wind tunnels here pushed flight into the supersonic realm. In 1958, Ames became a research center in the new National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and helped lead America into the space age. Today, 75 years since its founding, NASA Ames celebrates its continuing world leadership in science and technology and the settlement of our solar system.
In partnership with our neighbors in Mountain View and Sunnyvale, the people of NASA Ames will display items from the center's past and present in a "living museum." Please stop by during business hours in the month of July 2014 to learn more about the excitement building in your community and in the outer reaches of space.
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1 - Past, Present and Future of NASA Ames
Ames Research Center, one of 10 NASA field centers, continues to be at the forefront in conducting world-class research and development.
LOCATION: Jehning Family Lock Museum, 175 Castro St.
2 - CheMin Instrument
The Ames-developed CheMin instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity uses X-ray diffraction to identify minerals in rocks and soil. From this, NASA scientists determine the nature of ancient environments on Mars.
NASA World Wind
World Wind is a software development kit (SDK) which enables software engineers to build their own 3D virtual globe applications.
LOCATION: Odd Fellows Hall, 823 Villa St.
3 - Space Biosciences
The Ames Space Biosciences Division studies what happens when life from Earth ventures into space. The division performs the biological research and technology development necessary to enable NASA's long-term human exploration mission and also benefit life on Earth.
LOCATION: Empire Vintage Clothing, 831 Villa St.
4 - Robotic Aircraft
Ames is a leader in using robotic aircraft (Global Hawk, SIERRA, Dragon Eye), all game-changing tools to observe and understand our Earth from hurricanes to climate change. http://earthscience.arc.nasa.gov
LOCATION: Tied House Brewery, 954 Villa St.
5 - Smart Skies
About 40,000 commercial flights crowd the skies over the U.S. every day. NASA Ames is developing innovative solutions to improve air travel and reduce aviation’s impact on the environment. Learn about NASA’s research and download a free air traffic control mobile game.
LOCATION: Red Rock Café, 201 Castro St.
6 - Rotorcraft Aeromechanics
View aircraft used to conduct flight research at Ames. This includes the XV-15 Tiltrotor, and the digital fly-by-wire UH-60 RASCAL helicopter.
LOCATION: West Valley Music, 262 Castro St.
7 - Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
The IRIS satellite was designed to increase our understanding of energy transport into the solar wind, help us understand space weather and fill a large gap in our knowledge of this dynamic region of the solar atmosphere.
LOCATION: Books Inc, 301 Castro St.
8 - Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion
SLS is NASA’s new heavy-lift launch vehicle designed to carry the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), NASA’s new spacecraft for human exploration, to multiple deep-space destinations such as near-Earth asteroids, Lagrange points, the moon and ultimately Mars.
LOCATION: Dana Street Roasting Co. 744 W. Dana St.
9 - Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics is the study of fluids and their behavior. Even though fluid mechanics has been studied since the times of the ancient Greeks, many mathematically complex problems remain. Both experimental and computational research into these unsolved problems is undertaken at NASA Ames.
LOCATION: Mtn. View General Store, 705-A W. Dana St.
10 - Kepler and K2 Missions
Learn how the Kepler mission’s discoveries fundamentally changed our understanding of planets in our galaxy, and how the K2 mission will continue the search in new regions of the Milky Way.
LOCATION: Book Buyers, 317 Castro St.
11 - Wind Tunnels
Wind tunnels at NASA Ames are used to test the next generation of airplanes and spacecraft before they fly. Stop by to learn more about wind tunnels and the models tested at Ames.
LOCATION: Global Beads, 345 Castro St.
12 - Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE)
LADEE orbited the moon to study its thin atmosphere and dust. LADEE was built, managed and operated by Ames. Researchers from NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute continue to analyze data from LADEE.
LOCATION: State Farm Insurance, 650 Castro St. #155
13 - Ames History Office
The NASA Ames History Office supports research, writing and oral history projects, and provides access to records and artifacts relating to NASA Ames.
LOCATION: Yoga Belly, 455 Castro St.
14/15 - Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
SOFIA is a modified Boeing 7474SP jetliner fitted with a 2.5-meter diameter telescope. On board SOFIA astronomers collect data to learn more about the evolution of the universe.
LOCATIONS: Mtn. View City Hall, 500 Castro St., and Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 W. Olive Ave. Sunnyvale