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NASA's Ames Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House
October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014
Entry times between 9 a.m and 3 p.m. by ticketed reservation; event ends at 5 p.m. 
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Event information:


(UPDATED Oct. 17): 

GETTING TO AND FROM NASA AMES:

THIS EVENT IS AT FULL CAPACITY. EXPECT TRAFFIC CONGESTION, WAIT LINES FOR SHUTTLES, ROAD DETOURS AND BIG CROWDS.

To enter the event, attendees may walk, bike, take public transit, or drive and park in a limited number of available spaces. 

Walk or bike: Enter through the Moffett Blvd. Gate or Ellis St. Gate.

Bicycle self-locking areas are available at both gates. Please see the event map to identify these locations. For pedestrian safety, riding bicycles anywhere onsite at Ames is prohibited during the event. http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/AmesOpenHouseEventMap2.pdf

Public transit: Shuttle busses will run every 15 minutes between the open house and two public transit locations, starting at 8:15 a.m. and running as long as necessary. The two transit locations are: 

(1) Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail's "BayShore/NASA" station, and

(2) VTA Light Rail's "Downtown Mountain View" station / CalTrain "Mountain View" station.

For more information about the VTA's Light Rail, special service and easy mobile ticketing app, visit http://bit.ly/vtaames and http://www.vta.org/getting-around/interactive-light-rail-map.

For more information about CalTrain, visit: http://www.caltrain.com

Driving: We're pleased to announce that we can offer some very limited public parking on site, accessible through the Ellis St. Gate. Please note we have approximately 10,500 parking spaces for an estimated 120,000 attendees, so we cannot guarantee parking to any attendee. We still recommend taking alternative forms of transportation such as public transit and biking, and carpooling.

Motor vehicles may only enter through the Ellis St. Gate. We are working with law enforcement to address congestion on local roadways; as a result, California Highway Patrol plans to close the Moffett Blvd. off-ramps on U.S. Highway 101 at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. Manila Road will also be closed to vehicles from Enterprise Way to Ellis Street.

For information or questions regarding ADA accommodations, please contact Dana Bolles at dana.bolles@nasa.gov.

WHAT TO EXPECT

THIS EVENT IS AT FULL CAPACITY. EXPECT TRAFFIC CONGESTION, WAIT LINES FOR SHUTTLES, ROAD DETOURS AND HEAVY CROWDS. 

This will be a crowded event, and getting in and out will take time. Allow yourself extra time to wait for shuttles, and for the traffic backups expected for the limited onsite parking. We will post status updates as available to the Ames home page: www.nasa.gov/ames.  

Please plan to arrive any time after the entry time printed on your general admission ticket. Backstage passes will allow general admission entry to the event at any time. More information about backstage passes was sent in an email to backstage pass holders. When you enter the event area, your ticket may be exchanged for an event program at event information booths. Show backstage passes for a program, but keep your pass to show at your scheduled tour.

Please understand that this is a walking event. We estimate visitors will walk a minimum of five miles to see the full unique content offered for the Open House.

There are three main areas packed with different activity and exhibits – the self-guided walking tour, Shenandoah Plaza, and Chase Park. Drink and snack stands are available throughout the main activity areas, as are restrooms and first aid booths.

All visitors should stay within the delineated public spaces of the event.

Walking Tour

On the two-mile, self-guided walking tour (starting at Arnold Ave.), visitors will through a delineated pedestrian path past unique NASA facilities, interact with NASA scientists and engineers, and have opportunities to learn about new technologies and developing projects at Ames. The following are a few of the areas along the way:

Technology Way – NASA CubeSats and small spacecraft missions, NASA's technology portfolio, Ames' SpaceShop advanced manufacturing and Ames’ rotorcraft research

Science Showcase – space biology on the International Space Station, astrochemistry and microbes

Arc Jet Alley – entry, descent and landing technologies, heat shields and thermal protection systems

Education area, aeronautics displays, supercomputing, intelligent systems and robotics, fluid mechanics and much more.

Note: walking tour does not include access inside facilities. Only those with backstage passes will be able to tour inside a facility, and only at the ticketed time – no exceptions.

Shenandoah Plaza

The heart of the Shenandoah Plaza area is a large grassy area where Ames’ public events are often held. At the east end of Shenandoah Plaza area, visitors are invited to walk through Hangar One to see aircraft displayed on the airfield flight line, Shenandoah Plaza area exhibits include:

  • NASA missions: K2, which uses the Kepler space telescope, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
  • Children’s activity area, featuring Traveling Space Museum simulators
  • Earth science unmanned air vehicles (UAVs)
  • NASA Research Park partners
  • Static aircraft displays on the airfield in front of Hangar One:

- NASA Quiet Short-Haul Research Aircraft (QSRA)

- NASA Armstrong's C-20/G-III w/ UAVSAR pod

- California Air National Guard C-130

- California Air National Guard HH-60 Pave Hawk

- Army's Blackhawk

- Flight Research Associates GlaStar

- GaryAir Malibu/Matrix

Chase Park 

In the conference building at the Chase Park area, you can participate in the "Ask a NASA Expert" panel discussions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and see additional talks throughout the day (see program at the event). Chase Park is the location of the approximately 100 food trucks that will be selling food and drinks throughout the event.

WHERE TO FIND UPDATES

Any further updates to event information will be posted to or linked from the main Ames webpage – www.nasa.gov/ames

Follow @NASAAmes on Twitter for ongoing updates.

Follow the hashtag #Ames75 to see what people are saying about the event.

Event map available here.

See Frequently Asked Questions below


Special Opportunity -- "Backstage Passes":

In addition we will be releasing a limited number of “backstage passes” to tour behind the scenes and see inside certain research facilities. See the Backstage Pass section of Frequently Asked Questions. Watch this web page, Ames' home page and Ames' social media for updates and more information! For email updates about public events at Ames, join our community mailing list.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PLEASE NOTE: We will be updating this page with frequently asked questions and their answers regularly until our 2014 Open House event. Look for updates mid-day each Tuesday before the event on Oct. 18. We will note the date each question is added or updated in brackets.

TICKETS:

How do I get register to attend the event? [added Sept. 2]

To reserve your free general admission ticket,

1. Visit https://nasaamesopenhouse.eventbrite.com/

2. Select your arrival time from the drop-down menu

3. Submit the requested information

4. Print your ticket(s) and bring them with you on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

General admission tickets allow you to enter NASA’s Ames Research Center for our 75th anniversary Open House event, with access to exhibits, a two-mile walking tour and concession areas. We anticipate VERY large crowds. To reduce wait times as much as possible, we staggered entry times. Please register for the time you plan to arrive. Entry to the event is restricted to your printed ticket time window. We recommend you plan additional time for transportation to the center. No parking is available onsite. Please plan accordingly.

How can I change or modify my reservation? [added Oct, 1]

You can access your tickets by going to http://www.eventbrite.com/mytickets and logging in with your email and password.

To cancel tickets:

1. Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/mytickets

2. Log in with your email and password

3. Click "View Event" next to the duplicate tickets

Click "Cancel Registration" to cancel the tickets

You can edit your tickets by:

1. Go to http://www.eventbrite.com/mytickets

2. Log in with your email and password

3. Click "View Event" next to the event

Click "Edit" next to the ticket you wish to correct

What is a "backstage pass" and how do I get one? [added Sept. 2, updated Oct. 7]

Backstage passes allow a limited number of Open House attendees to tour "behind the scenes" and see inside certain research facilities, guided by Ames scientists and engineers. Though most research groups at the center will have explanatory booths set up along the walking tour in front of their buildings, most labs inside the buildings are very small, so capacities are extremely limited and these passes will be the only opportunity to see the interior facilities.

On most Thursdays (see schedule below) at noon PDT from now until the Open House event, specific sets of backstage passes will be released on this Eventbrite site: http://amesbackstage.eventbrite.com

We have restricted capacities for each tour, so the number of backstage passes available are extremely limited, and will be first-come, first-served online according to the schedule below. In order to spread these opportunities among as many attendees as possible, we ask that you select and register for only one pair of tickets for one backstage pass opportunity throughout the day.

The following is the planned release schedule for backstage passes:

Sept. 04: Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (partially ADA accessible) and FutureFlight Central (ADA accessible)

Sept. 11: Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel and Vertical Motion Simulator (partially ADA accessible)

Sept. 18: SPHERES lab (ADA accessible) and 20G centrifuge (partially ADA accessible)

Sept. 25: SpaceShop (advanced manufacturing) (ADA accessible)

Oct. 02: Ames Exploration Encounter (ADA accessible) and NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility (ADA accessible)

Oct. 16: National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex (not ADA accessible) and Airspace Operations Lab (ADA accessible)

Please note that not all backstage pass tours are fully accessible, some may be partially accessible.  For questions or concerns regarding ADA access, please contact Dana Bolles at dana.bolles@nasa.gov. There may be additional requirements (no high-heels, closed-toe shoes) that will be communicated to you in the ticketing information of your selected backstage pass tour.

TRANSPORTATION:

How do I get to the event? Where do I park? [added Oct. 10]]

NASA will provide shuttle buses every 15 minutes from two public transit locations:

  1. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail's "BayShore/NASA" station, and
  2. VTA Light Rail's "Downtown Mountain View" station / CalTrain "Mountain View" station.

For more information about the VTA's Light Rail, visit: http://www.vta.org/getting-around/interactive-light-rail-map

For more information about CalTrain, visit: http://www.caltrain.com

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and shuttle riders may arrive at either the Moffett Blvd. or Ellis St. gates. Bicycle self-locking areas available at both the Moffett Blvd. or Ellis St. gates.

Please see map for parking locations. Event map available here.

Vehicles may only enter through the Ellis St. gate. We are working with law enforcement to address congestion on local roadways as a result California Highway Patrol plans to close the Moffett Blvd. U.S. Route 101 off-ramps at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 18. Manila Road will also be closed to vehicles from Enterprise Way to Ellis Street. If you have questions regarding ADA accommodations, please contact Dana Bolles at dana.bolles@nasa.gov.

Please understand that this is a “walking event,” we estimate visitors will be walking a minimum of five miles across our center  in order to see the full unique content we're offering for the Open House,. If you’d like to visit and learn more about Ames in a more compact area, we invite you to visit our free public visitor center, open regularly: http://www.nasa.gov/ames/visit

ALLOWED AND PROHIBITED ITEMS AND ACTIVITIES:

What can I bring? [added Sept. 2]

  • Printed tickets for everyone in your party.
  • Cameras and phones! Feel free to take a selfie with everything in sight, unless specifically told not to.
  • Comfortable shoes. This is a pedestrian event.
  • Sunscreen and/or hats. This is primarily an outdoor event.
  • Small bags, purses, backpacks and diaper bags only.
  • Water and snacks, though there will be food and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.
  • Strollers, wheelchairs.
  • Small blankets on which you can rest and picnic.
  • Enthusiasm and excitement – and patience. We're expecting BIG crowds for this event!

Your entry into, continued presence on, or exit from, this installation is contingent upon your consent to inspection of person and property. (14 CFR 1204.1003)

What is prohibited? What are the rules of the event? [added Oct. 1]

  • Unauthorized entry upon any NASA real property of this installation is prohibited. (14 CFR 1204.1004)
  • No walkie-talkies or any radio wave-emitting devices. No drones, quadcopters, or other remote-control devices and vehicles.
  • Your entry into, continued presence on, or exit from, this installation is contingent upon your consent to inspection of person and property. (14 CFR 1204.1003)
  • Unauthorized introduction of weapons or dangerous materials is prohibited
  • Unless specifically authorized by NASA, you may not carry, transport, introduce, store, or use firearms or other dangerous weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices or other dangerous instruments or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property. (14 CFR 1204.1003)
  • Possession of firearms or dangerous weapons is strictly prohibited.
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • Please follow California regulations regarding tobacco smoking at this event.
  • Awnings, tents, and all other items that require staking are prohibited from the event.
  • Animals, other than certified service animals, are prohibited from the event.
  • Visitor motor vehicles are prohibited from the event.
  • Bicycles, Segways, skateboards, etc. (must be secured at the gates)
  • Glass containers, ice chests

PLEASE NOTE: This is a federal site. All substances restricted by federal law are restricted at this event.

An aerial photo of NASA's Ames Research Center.
An aerial photo of NASA's Ames Research Center.
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75 years - Ames. Discovery, Innovations, Solutions
2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of Ames.
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2014 will mark the 75th anniversary of Ames.
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Aerial photo of NASA's Ames Research Center.
Aerial photo of NASA's Ames Research Center.
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Map of the event areas
Map of the event areas (JPG). PDF version available at link in text to left.
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Page Last Updated: October 18th, 2014
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