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 www.nasa.gov/ames/75th-anniversary-living-museum/