NASA Ames Research Center

About NASA Ames

Ames Research Center (ARC) is one of NASA’s ten field centers. It plays a critical role in virtually all NASA aeronautical and space exploration endeavors by conducting the research and developing the technologies that enable NASA missions which, in turn, fuel markets for goods and services; ultimately enhancing the quality of life on Earth.

Ames is a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking, and intelligent systems. The center also has strong expertise and facilities in support of fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace, and thermal protection systems, small satellite missions, nanotechnology, simulation and modeling, wind tunnels, air traffic management, and human factors
research.

Our work at NASA Ames

Ames has a heavy focus on science. It is the host of the NASA Astrobiology Institute and NASA Lunar Science Institute virtual organizations. Ames is also the lead center for the Kepler mission’s search for Earth-sized planets in the habitable zone outside of our solar system and the lead science team for the SOFIA airborne infrared telescope. Accordingly, some SOFIA Fellowships may be located at the current aircraft’s location, NASA Ames, or NASA Armstrong centers. 

Researchers at Ames encompass the following disciplines: biosciences, bioengineering, radiation, and space biotechnology, earth science, airborne science, biosphere science, atmosphere science, astrophysics, planetary systems and exobiology.

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Ames Research Center (ARC) is one of NASA’s ten field centers. It plays a critical role in virtually all NASA aeronautical and space exploration endeavors by conducting the research and developing the technologies that enable NASA missions which, in turn, fuel markets for goods and services; ultimately enhancing the quality of life on Earth.

Ames is a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking, and intelligent systems. The center also has strong expertise and facilities in support of fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace, and thermal protection systems, small satellite missions, nanotechnology, simulation and modeling, wind tunnels, air traffic management, and human factors
research.

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