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NASA centers are found across the United States. Color pictures and read about the animals and plants that live on the centers.
 


A long-eared owl ruffles her feathers

A long-eared owl sits in the grass at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Instead of building their own nests, owls use those of squirrels or other birds, such as crows and hawks.

 

A California ground squirrel sits on the bleachers near an Ames soccer field

NASA's Ames Research Center is a good place for small animals to live. It has a large area of grassland. California ground squirrels use their cheek pouches to collect extra food. They eat mainly seeds, including barley, oats and acorns.

 

A baby raccoon sits on a metal staircase at MSFC

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is located in Huntsville, Ala. The workers at Marshall designed the Saturn V rocket that carried men to the moon. Wild animals like raccoons make their home at the center.

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A bird with outstretched wings lands in scrub brush

The Aplomado Falcon is an endangered bird. This means that this kind of bird may die out if we don't help protect them. One place the falcons live is at NASA's White Sands Testing Facility in New Mexico. White Sands is NASA's site for testing explosives and materials used in jet and rocket propulsion.

 

A loggerhead sea turtle on a beach

Wallops Flight Facility is on the coast of Virginia and is part of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Wallops is mainly a rocket launch site. Loggerhead sea turtles sometimes make their nests on the beaches there. A female loggerhead can lay as many as 170 eggs in one nest!

 

Coyote walking in neighborhood park

Coyotes live at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. Coyotes will eat almost anything. They hunt rabbits, fish, frogs and even deer. If those foods cannot be found, coyotes will eat insects, snakes, fruit and grass. Armstrong is NASA's main center for studying and using aircraft.

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A deer stands in a field in front of a building labeled Glenn Research Center

Deer live in many places across the United States. This deer is standing in front of an airplane hangar at NASA's Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio. Scientists and engineers at Glenn design aircraft and spacecraft engines.

 

A black vulture sits on a tower at Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center builds spacecraft, instruments, and new technology to study Earth and space. A bird often seen at Goddard is the Black Vulture. Vultures like to live around people because one of their favorite foods is garbage!

 

A peregrine falcon perched on a piece of wood

Peregrine falcons have nested at Wallops Island since 1983. These falcons can reach speeds of 200 miles an hour in a dive. Satellites have been used to track the birds once they leave Wallops. They have been seen hundreds of miles away.

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A bobcat stands in front of a building at JPL

NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., is located between a mountain range and a forest. Bobcats live in these areas and visit JPL looking for food.

 

Bright flowers bloom in front of two rockets

Wildflowers bloom in the meadow in front of NASA's Johnson Space Center’s Rocket Park. The Indian Blanket flower is bright yellow and orange.

 

An opossum sits in the grass at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

An opossum sits in the grass at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. The opossum is a marsupial. This means the mother carries her babies in a pouch. The opossum is the only marsupial in North America.

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A water lily

Water lilies live along the canals on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The center shares a boundary with the Merritt Island Wildlife Nature Refuge, where more than 1,500 kinds of plants and animals live.

 

Goats eat grass in front of an airplane hangar

NASA's Ames Research Center is at Moffett Field in California, south of San Francisco. Ames works to make air travel safer and less expensive. A herd of goats lives at Ames to help with weed control.

 

Two owls stand under a bush in the desert

Burrowing owls live at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. The owls dig holes in the ground to use as nests. Armstrong is NASA's main center for studying and using aircraft.

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A red-tailed hawk sits in a tree

The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey. The hawk in this picture makes its home at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

 

A bright red cardinal sits on a snow-covered tree limb

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is in Greenbelt, Md. Cardinals visit the center year-round.

 

Two adult Canada geese walk with five goslings in the grass

Canada geese spend the winter in a wildlife area near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

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A longhorn cow stands in a field at Johnson Space Center

The Longhorn project is at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The project has longhorn cattle, vegetable gardens, a fruit orchard, ponds and a classroom. Johnson is the home of U.S. astronauts. Astronauts from around the world train here.

 

A turkey stands in a field

Wild turkeys live all over the United States. Many turkeys live on NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Scientists there study Earth's atmosphere. The scientists use what they learn to help make life on Earth better.

 

An alligator crawls out of a pond with water lilies still covering his head

NASA's Stennis Space Center tested all the space shuttle main engines before they pushed the shuttle into orbit. Stennis is in southern Mississippi, where alligators may be seen sunning themselves along the center's canal system.

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A small green frog peeks out of a pipe

NASA's Johnson Space Center is home to many animals. This frog lives in a butterfly garden.

 

A gray fox walks along the side of the road

Gray foxes are good tree climbers and often hide in trees. This female fox was found at night near the golf course at NASA's Ames Research Center. She had a litter of five pups.

 

A caterpillar and a butterfly sit on a  flower

A caterpillar and butterfly share a meal near one of the ponds at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

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A spider spins a web

On the grounds of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, a female golden-silk spider repairs her web. The golden-silk spider repairs the webbing each day, replacing half -- but never the whole web -- at one time.

 

A bald eagle sits in a tree

An eagle sits near its nest at Plum Brook Station. Plum Brook is part of NASA's Glenn Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio. Scientists and engineers at Glenn design aircraft and spacecraft engines. The same pair of eagles has returned for the past six years to raise their young.

 

Mother bobcat nurses three kittens

Bobcats live on NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. This mother is feeding her three young kittens. Bobcats eat meat, like to live alone, and hunt at dawn and twilight. Armstrong is NASA's main center for studying and using aircraft.

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Two baby ospreys beg for food from their mother

Ospreys also are called fish hawks because they may be seen flying overhead with a fish in their talons. Ospreys build their nests just about anywhere, from trees and telephone poles to rocks or even flat ground. This osprey has built a nest in front of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

   
   

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Page Last Updated: March 4th, 2014
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