Ames Exploration Center


The NASA Ames Research Center, founded in 1940, specializes in flight research and the development of new flight-related technology. The most sophisticated flight simulators in the U.S. are located here. Test pilots, astronauts, and engineers have used them since the late 1950s to reproduce the sensations and conditions of flight in an authentic aircraft or spacecraft. The world's largest wind tunnel, the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex, also is at Ames. Its engineering provides the capability to perform ground-based aerodynamic and acoustic experiments at speeds from 0-350 mph on large-scale and full-scale vehicles and components.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

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