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NASA Ames FAQs
September 20, 2013
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NASA Ames general


The aircraft noise hotline number is 650-604-2940.
 

What does NASA's Ames Research Center do?

NASA's Ames Research Center is a world-class research facility located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The center is involved with many high-tech projects, ranging from developing small spacecraft to managing some of the world's largest supercomputers, and conducting astrobiology research. Please visit this website to learn more:  http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/about/overview.html

How is Ames involved in aeronautics research?

Engineers and scientists at Ames study a wide range of technology issues relating to aircraft and the National Air Transportation System. At Ames, the center's Aeronautics Division performs a vital role conducting research to improve the nation's National Air Transportation System. For more information, go to http://aeronautics.arc.nasa.gov.

What do I need to do to become an astronaut?

Information on how to become an astronaut is located at NASA's Kennedy Space Center website.

Who do I call about aircraft noise around Moffett Field?

The aircraft noise hotline number is 650-604-2940.


Tours and Exibitions

Does Ames provide public tours?

NASA Ames Research Center does not provide public tours. However, we do recommend visiting our Exploration Center and Moffett Museum (driving directions for both can be found here):

NASA Ames Visitor Center
The NASA Ames Visitor Center website has all the information you need to plan your visit, and lists current exhibits and upcoming events. The phone number is (650) 604-6274. The Exploration Center is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on weekends 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Student group visits to the Ames Exploration Encounter

The Ames Exploration Encounter website welcomes teachers to schedule a visit with their class. You can also contact the Exploration Encounter operations manager by email at arc-encounter@mail.nasa.gov or by phone at 650-604-1110.

Moffett Field Museum
The Moffett Museum is open to the public. You may call the museum at 650-964-4024 or visit their website.


NASA Ames Research Center does not provide public tours. However, we do recommend visiting our Exploration Center and Moffett Museum (driving directions for both can be found here):

NASA Ames Exploration Center
The Exploration Center website has all the information you need to plan your visit, and lists current exhibits and upcoming events. The phone number is (650) 604-6274 or (650) 604-6497. The Exploration Center is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and on weekends 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Moffett Field Museum
The Moffett Museum is open to the public. You may call the museum at 650-964-4024 or visit their website.


 

Jobs/Interships

How do I apply for a job at NASA's Ames Research Center?

If you are interested in a career at Ames Research Center, you may contact the Human Resources Division. If you are interested in employment within NASA, you may contact: NASA Jobs.


If you are interested in a career at Ames Research Center, you may contact the Human Resources Division. If you are interested in employment within NASA, you may contact: NASA Jobs.
 

How do I apply for an internship at Ames?

Education Associates and the Foothill/De Anza internship program provide internships at NASA Ames. Further information about internships, career training and volunteer service at NASA is available at NASAJobs Student Opportunities.


Education Associates and the Foothill/De Anza internship program provide internships at NASA Ames. Further information about internships, career training and volunteer service at NASA is available at NASAJobs Student Opportunities.
 

Media requests

How do I get someone from Ames to speak to my group?

Please contact the NASA Ames Speakers Bureau at 650-604-5054 or send an e-mail to sheila.a.johnson@nasa.gov.


Please contact the NASA Ames Speakers Bureau at 650-604-2162 or send an e-mail to laura.lewis@nasa.gov.
 

How do I contact an Ames employee?

If you are a news media representative interested in interviewing an Ames employee, please visit our Public Affairs and Media Relations contact page.


If you are a news media representative interested in interviewing an Ames employee, please visit our Public Affairs and Media Relations contact page.
 

Directions to NASA Ames

Where would I find directions for Ames?

Please visit our directions page to get more information on driving directions to the facility.


Please visit our directions page to get more information on driving directions to the facility.
 

What public transportation will take me to Ames?

Caltrain/Light Rail (Caltrain schedule / VTA Light Rail and Bus schedule)
NASA Ames Research Center is located less than two miles from the Caltrain and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) Light Rail downtown Mountain View station stops. The VTA Light Rail also has a NASA/Bayshore station on Manila Drive at the Ellis Street entrance to NASA Ames Research Center.

Bus (Bus Route 51 schedule)
VTA bus 51 runs from De Anza College to Moffett Field/Ames Center.

Taxi
There are many taxi companies that service the Mountain View area. Their telephone numbers are available in the Mountain View telephone directory.


Caltrain/Light Rail (Caltrain schedule / VTA Light Rail and Bus schedule)
NASA Ames Research Center is located less than two miles from the Caltrain and Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA) Light Rail downtown Mountain View station stops. The VTA Light Rail also has a NASA/Bayshore station on Manila Drive at the Ellis Street entrance to NASA Ames Research Center.

Bus (Bus Route 51 schedule)
VTA bus 51 runs from De Anza College to Moffett Field/Ames Center.

Taxi
There are many taxi companies that service the Mountain View area. Their telephone numbers are available in the Mountain View telephone directory.
 

Education @ NASA Ames

How can I get educator resources?

A wide variety of NASA educational materials, video clips, and links to other NASA educational websites can be found using the NASA education materials finder:  http://www.nasa.gov/education/materials.

Educators can also contact the NASA Educator Resource Center that serves their state concerning the availability of educational materials: http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/ercn/home/index.html.


All NASA educational materials, including lithographs, curriculum support materials, etc., are available and downloadable on the Internet. The NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) has materials available for purchase.
 

How do I learn more about student group visits to the Ames Exploration Encounter?

The Ames Exploration Encounter website welcomes teachers to schedule a visit with their class. You can also contact the Exploration Encounter operations manager by email at arc-encounter@mail.nasa.gov or by phone at 650-604-1110.


The Ames Exploration Encounter welcomes new teachers to schedule a visit with their class. You can contact the Exploration Encounter operations manager by email at encounter@mail.arc.nasa.gov or by phone at 650-604-1110.
 

Doing Business with NASA Ames

How do I enter into a contract with NASA or find out about an upcoming procurement?

For more information about procurements visit our Business Section. It contains information about all NASA procurements, pointers to contract awards and upcoming acquisition forecasts.


For more information about procurements visit our Business Section. It contains information about all NASA procurements, pointers to contract awards and upcoming acquisition forecasts.
 

Does NASA collaborate with private industry and the commercial sector?

Yes. NASA and NASA Ames are very interested in supporting technology commercialization. Each of the NASA Centers has a Technology Transfer Office, which is part of the NASA Commercial Technology Network. For more information, go to http://www.nasa.gov/offices/ipp/centers/arc/home/index.html.



Yes. NASA and NASA Ames are very interested in supporting technology commercialization. Each of the NASA Centers has a Technology Transfer Office, which is part of the NASA Commercial Technology Network. For more information, go to http://technology.arc.nasa.gov.
 
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