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NASA Ames Research Center
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NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) is a NASA facility located at Moffett Field, California, which spans the borders of the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale.

ARC was founded on December 20, 1939 as the second laboratory of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), and moved to NASA in 1958. The Sunnyvale site at Moffett Field was selected in October 1939 by the Charles Lindbergh Committee established by an act of the U.S. Congress in August 1939. The Ames Aeronautical Laboratory (now the Ames Research Center) was named after Joseph Ames, the president of Johns Hopkins University.

ARC is active in aeronautical research, life sciences, space science, and technology research, especially information technology. The Center houses the world's largest wind tunnel, though this was decommissioned in 2003.

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