Ames Research Center, one of NASA's ten field Centers, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. For 75 years, Ames has led the Agency and the country in conducting world-class research and development. Let some of Ames' employees tell you about the work that they do.
The Kepler Mission is a NASA space telescope designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. With a planned mission lifetime of at least 3.5 years, Kepler will use a photometer developed by NASA to continuously monitor the brightness of over 100,000 stars in a fixed field of view. The data collected from these observations will be analyzed to detect periodic fluctuations that indicate the presence of extrasolar planets (planets outside our solar system) that are in the process of crossing the face of other stars. The mission is named in honor of German astronomer Johannes Kepler.
The film “The Martian” takes the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and extends it into fiction set in the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. NASA has collaborated on this film with 20th Century Fox Entertainment, providing guidance on production design and technical consultants. Here at Ames, multiple people are already working on the technologies and research humans will need as they set out on the journey to Mars.
Each year, the Office of the Chief Scientist produces a platform for innovative discussion to inspire, catalyze scientific progress and communicate exciting concepts. The 2016 Summer Series spans across multiple subject areas including science and technology, space, history, and exploration.