Langley Research Center
 

Langley Research Center

 

Near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in Hampton, VA NASA's Langley Research Center was the initial home of the first astronauts, the Mercury 7. Now the Center is working to design and test a new launch abort system for the next generation space capsules.

Solving the tough problems in air, space, and earth science is what Langley is known for. Its reputation for exceptional research started soon after Langley was established as the United States' first civilian aeronautics laboratory in 1917.

Researchers at Langley are focusing on some of the biggest technical challenges of our time: global climate change, access to space, and revolutionizing airplanes and the air transportation system.

Langley scientists study the atmosphere to improve life here on Earth and to better understand the conditions planes and spacecraft fly through. Langley engineers work on technologies to make civilian and military planers safer, quieter, and more efficient, while designing tomorrow's supersonic and even hypersonic aircraft. Langley researchers analyze materials and structures to help spacecraft withstand unforgiving extraterrestrial environments.