Daily Archives: 2003-05-17

Wind Tunnels Closed

I read in this morning’s paper that the wind tunnels at NASA/Ames Research Center in Mountain View are closing. These have been such a fixture here in the valley that most people have probably forgotten that they’re here. I remember going there for a school field trip a long time ago.

The wind tunnels have their own home page on Nasa.gov. I was hoping to see some interesting pictures to link to, but unlike most Nasa web sites, this one doesn’t have any good ones.

Nearby, Hanger One at Moffett Field may be demolished due to the amount of toxics on the site. Hopefully this is just a warning and they’ll be able to clean up the site without demolishing the building.

Hangar One remains one of the largest “non-supported” structures today, according to information kept by the Moffett Museum. It’s outsized by only a handful of other hangars in the world, Henderson said, standing 1,138 feet long, 308 feet wide, and 211 feet tall at its highest point. It’s so big, Henderson said, nearly three Titanic cruise ships could fit in its deep hollow.