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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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UPDATE (Sept. 5): 

We are overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm for this event -- quite literally! 120,000 tickets were reserved in less than three days! Unfortunately, this reaches our current planning capacity for the size of event we were considering.​ We apologize that there are no additional tickets available at this time.

However, we are assessing the possibility of expanding the event. If you would like to know if we release additional tickets, please subscribe to our general community events email list. We will announce any further general admission ticket releases there first.

To subscribe, submit your email address here: https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/arc-community-outreach  

Additionally, a very very small number of "backstage passes" for tours will be released each Thursday at noon from now until the Open House on Oct. 18. Those passes will also be honored for general admission entry to the open house any time 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For additional updates about the open house, please watch this webpage, http://www.nasa.gov/ames/openhouse2014/


You’ve sat on our lawn, maybe even hung out on our flightline. Now, for the first time since 1997, we’re opening our house. 

For our 75th anniversary, we're inviting all of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley to come inside the gates and get to know NASA's center in Silicon Valley. Take a two-mile walking tour through the center and visit with Ames engineers and scientists in booths set up in front of their facilities. After the walking tour, join us on our plaza to learn about our missions. Food, drinks and NASA gift shop merchandise will be on sale. This is a family-friendly event, and children's educational activities will be offered.

See Frequently Asked Questions below

Event hashtag is #Ames75


How To Register For General Admission:

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.  

Planning and Transportation:

CURRENTLY, NO PARKING WILL BE AVAILABLE ONSITE, but we're developing a portfolio of options to get to the event. We are planning shuttle buses from two local public transit stations and bicycle parking at the main gate at Moffett Blvd. and the Ellis St. gate.

This event is expected to be many times larger than our other recent public events. By distributing automobile traffic over external locations (e.g., public transit stations) rather than our limited on-site roads and lots, we hope to provide a less frustrating traffic experience and a safer pedestrian-only environment across our entire center.

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. See the Transportation section of Frequently Asked Questions 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 

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.  

Backstage pass: This separately reserved ticket allows specific timed opportunities for attendees to participate in a tour of one of the unique facilities or labs at Ames.

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

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.

Each Thursday 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:

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 hyperwall-2 (ADA accessible)

Oct. 09:  TBD

Oct. 16: National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex (not 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 Sept. 2]

NO PARKING IS PLANNED TO BE AVAILABLE ONSITE. We're developing a portfolio of options to get to the event, but due to the number of pedestrians anticipated, we will not allow motor vehicles on campus.

This event is expected to be many times larger than our other recent public events (e.g. space shuttle flyover, Mars Curiosity landing, LCROSS impact, Yuri’s Nights and LADEE science night and launch). By distributing automobile traffic over external locations (e.g., public transit stations) rather than our limited on-site roads and lots, we hope to provide a less frustrating traffic experience and a safer pedestrian-only environment across our entire center.

We are planning shuttle buses from two local public transit stations (1) VTA Lightrail BayShore/NASA Station and (2) VTA/CalTrain Mountain View Transit Station

But, again, no parking will be allowed on site. Please note that we have an ADA POC to address specific accessibility needs. If ADA accommodations are needed, please contact Dana Bolles at dana.bolles@nasa.gov.

We are planning to accommodate bicycle parking at the main gate at Moffett Blvd and the Ellis Street gate.

Visit our Open House website a couple weeks before the event to learn the final details about all the transportation options. We'll also send this information to your registration email address when the information is finalized.

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 ACTIVITES:

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 Sept. 2]

  • Unauthorized entry upon any NASA real property of this installation is prohibited. (14 CFR 1204.1004)
  • 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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75 years - Ames. Discovery, Innovations, Solutions
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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