NASA Ames 'Living Museum' debuts downtown

The NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year with a 17-piece "living museum." In partnership with the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, NASA Ames will put 17 exhibits on display throughout both cities to show off engineering and scientific endeavors from the past and present at the research center.

The original aeronautics laboratory was built at Moffett Field in 1939. Named after Joseph Ames, an architect of aeronautical science, the research lab will turn 75 on Dec. 20 this year.

The living museum will include CheMin, a chemistry and mineralogy instrument that was used on the Mars rover "Curiosity" to analyze soil samples and look for signs of life, according to a NASA Ames website. The instrument won an award for Invention of the Year in 2013, and will be on display at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mountain View.

There will also be a robotic aircraft exhibit at the Tied House and test models of components for a new Space Launch System and crew capsule at the Dana Street Roasting Co. Other locations include Mountain View City Hall, Red Rock Cafe and Yoga Belly.

The living museum runs the entire month of July and will be accessible during business hours. A map of all the locations can be found at

Kevin Forestieri


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Posted by Doug Pearson
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm

The story should have given the address of the catalog/guidebook:

Web Link

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Posted by Member
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 7, 2014 at 7:19 pm

The web address for the guide is at the bottom of the article, just not a live link.

I saw the pitiful SLS poster at Dana Street and thought it was just a window shade. The poster looks like it's been recycled from many conferences, just like the parts going into the rocket.

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jul 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Why is this not listed in the Community Events Section.

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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

I hope that when the displays spread all over town are done being displayed, we can get to see all of them in one place --like perhaps a new museum some where at or near NASA, for convenient, permanent viewing & to draw tourists. This would be really great for our area to add interest & business from those coming to see it.

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Posted by Winon
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Knew someone who went to the Tied House to see this and the staff had no idea about it. There was no display that could be seen.

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