Moffett Field, California is a facility in the San Francisco Bay area, formerly a U.S. Navy base and now used by NASA. Moffett Field's "Hangar One" was built for the USS Macon, a dirigible built in 1933. On July 1, 1994, Moffett Field was closed as a military base and turned over to NASA Ames Research Center.
Some of the highlights of the Ames Research Center "Exploration Center" include:
Mercury Redstone 1A (MR-1A) - This capsule was launched on December 19, 1960, and attained an altitude of 130.7 statute miles. MR-1A was the last unmanned test flight before the Mercury 7 astronauts took flight. Five months after MR-1A flew, on May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space aboard Friendship 7, a Mercury capsule nearly identical to MR-1A. MR-1A has a cracked porthole that occurred when the craft splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean.
Moon Rock - On display in the Exploration Center is a lunar sample retrieved by the crew of Apollo 15 from the Moon's Hadley-Apennine region. This sample is part of the 169 pounds retrieved from the lunar surface during the crew's 66.9 hour stay on the Moon.
Click on the image to visit the Air Show at Moffett Field (July 27, 2002)
Deep Impact Launch (January 12, 2005) and Photos of Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center (click on image)
Ingrid Siegert, copyright 2018. Last updated on 14 January 2018