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News Archive / Tagged: Ames Research Center


    Michael ColeJune 16th, 2020

    NASA awarded a nearly $200 million contract Thursday to Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic, to deliver NASA’s VIPER rover to a destination at the moon’s south pole in 2023.

  • COVID-19 concerns see all NASA centers elevated to Response Framework Stage 3

    Matt HaskellMarch 18th, 2020

    Throughout the world, a novel coronavirus disease (known formally as COVID-19) has begun to take hold and is quickly bringing changes to the world as we know it.

  • NASA to send VIPER to prowl Moon’s South Pole

    Jason RhianOctober 28th, 2019

    If humanity is going to establish a long-term presence on the Moon, it's going to need water. This precious substance can be found on the lunar surface and a newly-announced robotic explorer is being readied to seek out significant concentrations of ice. If all goes according to plan, this mission marka critical first step for planned crewed missions.

  • NASA Ames hosts event focusing on research and innovations

    Jim SharkeyJuly 20th, 2018

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — NASA's Ames Research Center recently hosted a public event, titled "Silicon Valley Innovations: From the Earth to the moon and Mars," that focused on the center's research contributions to the space agency's exploration missions.

  • NASA awards $96 million to American small businesses to foster research

    Curt GodwinMarch 9th, 2018

    In an effort to enhance progress by small enterprises in space-related research and development, NASA recently awarded a total of $96 million to 128 American businesses. The funding, topping out at $750,000 per awardee, is part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and is designed to support NASA programs while also benefiting the U.S. economy.

  • NASA Ames hosts eclipse viewing event

    Jim SharkeyAugust 22nd, 2017

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — A  crowd of about 1,000 people attended a public event at NASA Ames Research Center to observe the Aug. 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Attendees gathered outside the Building 3 Conference Center at Ames wearing eclipse glasses provided by the space agency. Inside the Conference Center, attendees could watch NASA TV's extensive coverage of the eclipse.

  • Hubble spots exoplanet with glowing water atmosphere

    Jim SharkeyAugust 6th, 2017

    Researchers working with data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have found the strongest evidence to date for the existence of a stratosphere – the layer of an atmosphere in which temperature increases with altitude – on an exoplanet (a planet outside of the Solar System).

  • Kepler discovers 10 Earth-like exoplanets from 219 planet candidates

    Laurel KornfeldJune 21st, 2017

    NASA's Kepler mission has released the most extensive list of exoplanet findings: a total of 219 planet candidates, of which ten are Earth-like and occupy their stars' habitable zones – where temperatures allow liquid water to exist on the surface.

  • NASA Ames celebrates aviation history and employee’s 90th birthday

    Jim SharkeyAugust 22nd, 2015

    As the space agency commemorated National Aviation Day on Wednesday, Aug. 19, one long-time NASA Ames Research Center employee also celebrated his 90th birthday. The two events highlighted the important history of the Research Center - and its bright future.

  • Famous exoplanet hunter William Borucki retires from NASA

    Tomasz NowakowskiJuly 5th, 2015

    William Borucki, a space scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and the principal investigator of the agency’s planet-hunting Kepler mission, retired from NASA on Friday, July 3, after decades of a successful career. His 53-year scientific lifework, marked with numerous discoveries and prestigious awards, is best known for his persistent advocacy for an exoplanet searching satellite and then […]

  • Bolden taps Tu as new director of NASA’s Ames Research Center

    Jason RhianMay 8th, 2015

    With the retirement of Pete Worden on March 31, 2015, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden was in need of a new director of the space agency’s Ames Research Center located in Moffett Field, California. On Monday, May 4, the former shuttle astronaut announced that, with immediate effect, the role will now be held by Dr. Eugene L. Tu.

  • NASA Ames experiments set to launch on SpX-6 mission

    Jason RhianApril 10th, 2015

    A wide range of NASA centers, partners, and affiliated organizations are involved with most missions that are sent aloft in support of crewed space exploration efforts. NASA Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, will have two life sciences experiments ride a Space Exploration Technologies’ (SpaceX ) Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket when the booster and […]

  • Hawaiian Students test ‘lunar dust buster’ at NASA Ames

    Jim SharkeyApril 5th, 2015

    Future missions to the Moon will have to deal with the serious problems caused by Moon dust. The fine electrostatic dust which covers the lunar surface is very sharp and clings to surfaces. The abrasive dust can damage camera lenses, solar panels and other equipment, and even wear through multiple layers of an Apollo spacesuit. […]

  • NASA’s airborne science mission, ATTREX begins final flights

    Jim SharkeyMarch 13th, 2015

    NASA’s Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) mission began its fifth and final year of flights on March 4. The remotely piloted Global Hawk research aircraft took off from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, to track water vapor into the upper atmosphere and help scientists understand how greenhouse gases impact Earth’s climate.

  • Fruit fly lab to launch aboard fifth SpaceX commercial resupply mission

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 6th, 2015

    When Space Exploration Technology’s (SpaceX) fifth commercial resupply (CRS-5) mission launches to the International Space on Jan. 9 more than 100 tiny winged members of the species Drosophila memanogaster, or common fruit fly, will be along for the ride.  The insects are part of a mission called Fruit Fly Lab-01 which will debut a new […]