Research at NASA Ames

Ames involvement in...

Areas of Ames Ingenuity

    Entry systems: Safely delivering spacecraft to Earth & other celestial bodies 
    Supercomputing: Enabling NASA's advanced modeling and simulation 
    NextGen air transportation: Transforming the way we fly 
    Airborne science: Examining our own world & beyond from the sky 
    Low-cost missions: Enabling high value science to low Earth orbit & the moon 
    Biology & astrobiology: Understanding life on Earth -- and in space 
    Exoplanets: Finding worlds beyond our own 
    Autonomy & robotics: Complementing humans in space 
    Lunar science: Rediscovering our moon 
    Human factors: Advancing human-technology interaction for NASA missions 
    Wind tunnels: Testing on the ground before you take to the sky


    Virtual Institutes

    NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI)
    Astrobiology, an interdisciplinary science catalyzed by NASA, brings together researchers in a wide variety of fields, including astronomy and astrophysics, Earth and planetary sciences, microbiology and evolutionary biology, and cosmochemistry.

    Astrobiology is the study of the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe. The NAI is a virtual, distributed organization of competitively-selected astrobiology teams.  Learn More  →

    Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)
    Lunar Science Institute

    SSERVI addresses basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the Moon, and investigates Near Earth Asteroids, the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies.  Learn more  →

    NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI)
    This titanium lattice block casting, extremely high strength yet lightweight, is a new structural concept with smart materials for aircraft.

    The Institute, part of NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), was established to pursue ARMD’s objective to make deliberate investments in innovative, early-stage, and potentially revolutionary aviation concepts and technologies.  Learn more  →



    Dashlink logo

    A web-based collaboration tool for those interested in data mining and systems health

    standard instrument interface

    Learn more about the Ames Engineering Directorate

    artist concept of Kepler in space

    NASA's search for habitable planets


    Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer

    Office of the Chief Technologist
    Office Chief Technologist

    Learn more about the Ames Center Chief Technologist


    Offshore Membrane Enclosure for Growing Algae

    Science @ Ames

    Learn more about science at Ames

    Crew-Vehicle Systems Research Facility

    Advancing the science of flight.

    Image of SOFIA aircraft

    Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy

    Robot Arm with 3D Scanner
    3D Vision Lab

    Home of the Ames High–Speed 3D Scanner

    Tropi experiment
    Tropi Experiment

    Learn more about the seeds growing in space.

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