NASA Ames Missions


Earth Science Missions Program
Ames manages airborne science missions that improve life for humans on earth.
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Ames CCT Technology

Ames develops innovative partnerships and collaboration models to stimulate technology transfers and commercial activities.
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Exploration History

Visit every month to find out how aviation and space exploration have improved life for humans on Earth and in space.
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Lunar Exploration

Learn more about the significance of our robotic and human exploration of the moon.
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Ames Current Missions

Kepler (lead)
The Kepler mission, is monitoring the brightness of stars to find planets that pass in front of them during the planets' orbits. During such passes or 'transits,' the planets will slightly decrease the star's brightness.

Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (lead)
LADEE is a robotic mission that orbited the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust.

SOFIA (partner)
NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is the world's largest airborne astronomical observatory, complementing NASA's space telescopes as well as major Earth-based telescopes.

International Space Station (partner)
The International Space Station (ISS) is a space exploration and research platform orbiting more than 350km above the earth.

Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity Rover (partner)
Curiosity, carrying laboratory instruments to analyze samples of rocks, soil and atmosphere, is investigating whether Mars has ever offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life. Ames is contributing to this exciting mission in a variety of ways.

The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (partner)
IRIS is a Small Explorer Mission to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through a little-understood region in the sun's lower atmosphere. Tracking how material and energy move through this region is a crucial part of understanding the dynamics of the sun.

Small Satellite Missions (lead and partner)
Ames develops small satellite missions that enable science in low Earth orbit.
EDSN, Phonesat, TechEdSAT, SporeSat, EcAMSat, NLAS, SPHERES, BioSentinel

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Space Biosciences Experiments (lead and partner)
The Space Biosciences Division at NASA's Ames Research Center, studies what happens when life is brought into space

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Earth Science (lead and partner)
The purpose of NASA's Earth science program is to develop a scientific understanding of Earth's system and its response to natural or human-induced changes, and to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards.

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New Horizons (partner)
The New Horizons mission will help us understand worlds at the edge of our solar system by making the first reconnaissance of the planet Pluto and by venturing deeper into the distant, mysterious Kuiper Belt – a relic of solar system formation.


Page Last Updated: October 21st, 2014
Page Editor: Jerry Colen