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NASA Ames Visitor Center
April 2, 2013

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Open to the public free of charge!

NASA's Ames Research Center is a key facility for many of NASA's missions and projects. Come to the Ames' Visitor Center and learn what we're doing at this amazing NASA facility.

Location: Located at the main gate to NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California. 15 minutes northwest of San Jose, California, just off U.S. 101 at the "Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway" exit.

HoursTuesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday noon - 4 p.m. We are closed Mondays and federal holidays. The Visitor Center will be closed August 1st and 2nd, 2014.

Contact (Visitor Center): (650) 604-6497

Contact (Gift Shop): (650) 604-5412

Volunteering: Inspire the next generation by becoming a NASA Ames volunteer! Visit the Ames Volunteer Page for more information.

Reservation: Please email a completed copy of our reservation form to Cara Dodge: cara.dodge@nasa.gov.

Also be sure to check out the Ames Exploration Encounter, a unique educational experience for 4th - 6th grade classes!

Please note that NASA Ames Research Center is closed to the public.

An average stay at the NASA Ames Visitor Center ranges between 1.5 and 2 hours. Please plan accordingly.

 

 

For Teachers


Coming to the Visitor Center for a field trip? Download our Field Trip Experiences Bookmarks to help guide your visit!

3rd Grade                      4th Grade                     5th Grade                     6th Grade                     7th Grade                     8th Grade

 

Upcoming Events


April 9, April 23 and May 7: IRIS Science Cafes - The NASA Ames Visitor Center will be hosting a series of evening science cafes where your questions are the centerpiece!

Attendees must be 21 and older to attend. Ticket is required for entry.

April 9, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: The Spacecraft (Register for tickets)

You asked us how the engineering of the IRIS spacecraft will help us answer questions about the corona region of the Sun. We will host Gary Kushner (Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory), IRIS Project Manager and Chris Hoffman (Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory), IRIS Systems Engineer to tell us more about how IRIS was built and how it will function.

April 23, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: The Mission (Register for tickets)

You asked us how the IRIS Mission functions and how it differs from other NASA Missions. We will host Jim Strong (NASA Ames Research Center), IRIS Mission Operations Manager and Robert Carvalho (NASA Ames Research Center), IRIS Flight Controller to help us learn more about mission flight and communication operations.

May 7, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.: The Sun (Register for tickets)

You asked us about the structure of the Sun and how it functions. We will host Karel Schrijver (Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory), Space Weather Expert to help us learn more about how the center of our Solar System really works!

 

 

Other Current Exhibits


Science on a Sphere – See our world, and many others, from a new perspective with the Science on a Sphere Visualization System. Originally developed by NOAA, the Science on a Sphere offers visitors a new look at the planets in the Universe with a large, spherical projection system. Come see weather patterns, earthquake data, and much more!

Ames Spacecraft Missions – NASA's Ames Research Center has been involved in pivotal spacecraft missions that have redefined our view of our planetary neighbors and beyond! Come and view models of previous and recent spacecraft missions from NASA Ames!

Discovering the Moon – On loan from Marshal Space Flight Center, try out the Magic Planet system and learn about the Moon in a whole new light! Featuring NASA mission data, Discovering the Moon covers interesting discoveries about the Moon, and what we want to learn next!

REAL Moon Rock – On display in the Visitor Center is a REAL lunar sample retrieved by the crew of Apollo 15 from the Moon's Hadley-Apennine region. This sample is part of the 169 pounds retrieved from the lunar surface during the crew's 66.9-hour stay on the Moon.

Shuttle Cockpit Simulator – Human factors researchers at NASA Ames study the interactions of humans and computers to improve that interaction and its efficiency. The Shuttle Cockpit Simulator will allow you to glimpse the types of research that this fascinating group does! Scheduled to open late March.

Immersive Theater – The NASA Ames Visitor Center features a high-resolution Immersive Theater with a 14-foot tall and 36-foot wide screen. High-definition videos show in detail Mars missions, simulated flights through the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond, science contributions of scientists at NASA Ames Research Center, and much more!

Mercury Redstone 1A (MR-1A) – This capsule, launched on December 19, 1960, attained an altitude of 130.7 statute miles. MR-1A was the last unmanned test flight before the Mercury 7 astronauts took flight. Five months after MR-1A flew, on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space aboard Friendship 7, a Mercury capsule nearly identical to MR-1A.

[image-62]SOFIA – NASA developed the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy - or SOFIA - as a world-class airborne observatory that will complement the Hubble, Spitzer, Herschel and James Webb space telescopes and major Earth-based telescopes. Come see the original wind-tunnel model of SOFIA now on display!

Kepler – The Kepler Mission is designed to survey our region of the Milky Way galaxy and has discovered over a thousand potential new planets orbiting near-by stars. Learn about this innovative mission with our knowledgeable docents!

Living and Working in Space – Microgravity research has benefited our understanding of the universe. Take part in this fascinating field with the Living and Working in Space exhibit.

 

Directions


NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California 94035

GPS Coordinates: 37.40899 N, 122.06417 W

From Highway 101: Exit at 'Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway', then turn right onto Moffett Blvd. and proceed to the four way stop sign at the main gate.

From Highway 85: From Highway 85 Northbound, exit at 'Moffett Blvd' and then turn right onto Moffett Blvd. and proceed to the four way stop sign at the main gate.

› Map and directions to NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California

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NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – or SOFIA – soars over California's snow-covered Southern Sierras on a test flight in 2010
With the sliding door over its 17-ton infrared telescope wide open, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – or SOFIA – soars over California's snow-covered Southern Sierras on a test flight in 2010 (NASA / Jim Ross)
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