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NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field

Located in California's Silicon Valley at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, NASA Ames Research Center is a world-class research facility for NASA's missions and projects. One of 10 NASA centers, Ames is involved in all aspects of space and scientific exploration and conducts groundbreaking research and development in aeronautics, exploration technology, and science. Whether you dream of becoming an astronaut or interested in space exploration, take a self-guided tour of the Center's exciting exhibits and interactive activities that highlight famous missions and spacecraft. Enjoy simulated fights through the Milky Way Galaxy in the Immersive Theater, see a real moon rock and experience what it's like to live and work in space. See life-sized images of the historic missions to Mars, Pioneer and satellite models, and the largest wind tunnels in the world. 
  • NASA Ames Research Center

Before You Go

  • Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Free admission
  • Changing Exhibits
  • Immersive Theater Shows
  • Workshops
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Immersive Theater Flight Simulations
  • Shuttle Cockpit Simulator
  • Moffett Field Museum
  • Seeing Spacecraft

Questions & Answers

  • Does the NASA Ames Research Center offer tours?

    NASA Ames Research Center offers self guided tour and you can see rocket ships and learn about space exploration and science. A key facility for many of NASA's missions and projects, AMES is a self-guided experience that takes about an hour. Visit the Ames' Visitor Center and learn what going on at this amazing NASA facility near Hotel Strata.
  • How can I visit the NASA Ames Research Center?

    The NASA Ames Exploration Center is free and open to the public and features exhibits and displays that showcase the missions and achievements of NASA, like the Kepler Mission to the Milky Way. Take a self-guided tour and see new planets in the universe at the Science on a Sphere exhibit. See a real moon rock from the Apollo 15 mission, and the Mercury Redstone 1A capsule. Experience simulated flights through the Milky Way Galaxy and high-definition videos in the Immersive Theater. Explore the Shuttle Cockpit Simulator and Living and Working in Space exhibit showcasing micro-gravity research.

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