Ames Research Center

"Ames develops tools for a safer, more efficient national airspace and unique partnerships benefiting NASA's mission."

October 1958
Current Place
Mountain View, California, United States of America


Ames Research Center (ARC), commonly known as NASA Ames, is a major NASA research center at Moffett Federal Airfield in California's Silicon Valley. Originally founded as the second National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) laboratory, that agency was dissolved and its assets and personnel transferred to the newly created National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on October 1, 1958. NASA Ames is named in honor of Joseph Sweetman Ames, a physicist and one of the founding members of NACA. At last estimate NASA Ames has over US$3.0 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a US$860 million annual budget.

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