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Join us for the next step in NASA's journey to Mars and beyond!
Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft built to send humans farther than ever before, is launching into space for the first time on Dec. 4, 2014. An uncrewed test flight called Exploration Flight Test-1 will test Orion systems critical to future crew safety.
To celebrate this historic event, NASA Ames invites you to a public program including mission scientists and engineers, hands-on activities, and a live broadcast of the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
1:00 a.m.: Doors open
1:30 a.m.: NASA TV programming begins
3:00 a.m.: On-site program begins, including local expert commentary
4:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.: Launch window
8:29 a.m. - 10:29 a.m.: Splashdown window
12:00 p.m.: Program concludes
Stay after the launch for panel discussions, hands-on activities and more! Take the opportunity to interact with NASA Ames's mission-critical scientists and engineers!
For more information about the Orion Mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/orion
When & Where
NASA's Ames Research Center
NASA's Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, was founded Dec. 20, 1939, as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Ames, one of 10 NASA field installations, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley at the core of the research cluster of high-tech companies, universities and laboratories that define the region's character. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a $600 million annual budget, Ames' economic impact is significant. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.
As a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, Ames conducts the critical R&D and develops the enabling technologies that make NASA missions possible. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research. Ames research in astrobiology focuses on the effects of gravity on living things, and the nature and distribution of stars, planets and life in the universe.
In addition, Ames works collaboratively with the FAA, conducting research in air traffic management to make safer, cheaper and more efficient air travel a reality. Ames engages in information and education outreach, forms collaborative partnerships, and fosters commercial application of NASA technologies. Ames is developing NASA Research Park, an integrated, dynamic research and education community created to cultivate diverse partnerships with academia, industry and non-profit organizations in support of NASA's mission.