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STS-1 Shuttle Anniversary
03.28.06
 
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of STS-1, the space shuttle's first flight, NASA Ames Research Center is planning a week of activities April 11 - 16, 2006, showcasing Ames' numerous contributions to the space shuttle program over the past quarter century.

Highlighting the activities will be a presentation by astronaut Steve Robinson, a native of Sacramento, who will describe his work as a scientist at Ames prior to and during STS-1 and also discuss his experiences during Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-114 mission last summer. The presentation will be held April 12, 2006 at 7 p.m. PDT in the Eagle Room of Bldg. 943 at NASA Ames.

During the week of April 11 to 16, 2006, NASA Ames will also feature a new space shuttle exhibit in its Exploration Center and will show a new video highlighting NASA Ames' key role in the first space shuttle flight and in the program over the past 25 years. Both the exhibit and video showings are open to the public and free of charge.

During the anniversary celebration week, the Exploration Center will be open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. PDT and from 12 noon to 4 p.m. PDT on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday, April 12, 2006, the Exploration Center and the nearby NASA Gift Shop will be open extended hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. PDT.

Featured in the new exhibit will be displays of Ames' contributions to the space shuttle program over the past quarter century, as well as the center's current and future activities in support of the new Crew Exploration Vehicle and Crew Launch Vehicle that NASA is developing to return to the moon and later to Mars.

25th Shuttle Anniversary Celebration:

Astronaut Steve Robinson The Ames' celebration will feature Astronaut Steve Robinson, a native of Sacramento, who will describe his work as a scientist at Ames prior to and during STS-1 and also discuss his experiences during Space Shuttle Discovery's STS-114 mission last summer. The presentation will be held April 12, 2006 at 7 p.m. PDT in the Eagle Room of Bldg. 943 at NASA Ames. + Read More

NASA Ames Contributions to Space Exploration:
contributors to shuttle 25 Years of Space Shuttle History in Pictures
Historical images of NASA Ames Research Center's contributions to 25 years of the space shuttle program. + View images
Shuttle Columbia sts-1 landing A Look Back at Ames’ Contributions to the Shuttle. Research at Ames has played a key role in the evolution of the shuttle program from the very beginning. + Read More
Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) NASA Ames Contributions to Space Exploration. NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., is currently supporting the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) directly with the several efforts including development of Thermal Protection System technology, computational modeling and wind tunnel testing, Integrated System Health Management (ISHM) expertise, crew cockpit design expertise, software validation and verification expertise and Simulation Assisted Risk Assessment (SARA) expertise. + Read More
CEV model wind tunnel test Wind Tunnel Models of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). Images of Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) scale model under test at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The CEV will be NASA's new 'spaceship' that will take astronauts to the International Space Station, the Moon and beyond. + View images
Crew Launch Vehicle (CEV) model Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) Scale Model. View images of the Crew Launch Vehicle (CLV) test in the 11-foot wind tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif that took place in late February 2006. + View images
Shuttle Discovery Ames' Contributions to Return to Flight. Since the early days of Gemini and Apollo, NASA Ames Research Center, located in California’s Silicon Valley, has provided research and testing support for NASA’s Human Space Flight program. After the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and her crew, NASA Ames has used its cutting-edge facilities and expertise in computer modeling and simulation, information technology, and thermal protection systems to provide NASA with the unique ability to conduct investigations in both theoretical and physical environments. NASA Ames continues to play a fundamental role in NASA’s Return to Flight efforts and the human space flight program to ensure astronaut safety and mission success for the STS-114 Space Shuttle Discovery flight and beyond. + View this interactive feature
For more information on Return to Flight please download the NASA Ames Research Center Return to Flight fact sheets (PDF) listed below:

Ames' contributions to STS-1 The Boldest Test Flight in History + Download PDF

Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel + Download PDF

The Impact of High-End Computing on the Space Shuttle Program + Download PDF

NASA Ames Contributions to Space Exploration + Download PDF

Ames Contributions to Return to Flight + Download PDF

NASA Ames Arc Jet Complex + Download PDF

NASA Ames Mold Impression Laser Tool + Download PDF

NASA Ames Wind Tunnel Testing of 3% Shuttle Model + Download PDF

NASA Ames Ascent Debris Transport Analysis + Download PDF