My colleague Charles Murray (Senior Technical Editor for Design News) recently had a marvelous opportunity to visit NASA's Ames Research Center. It's located in the Silicon Valley, north of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, Calif. — specifically, at Moffett Field.
Charles had the chance to visit along with some randomly selected engineers and the good folks at Littlefuse. Ten winners were drawn and visited the Ames facility on August 15. Ten more will be selected to visit Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on October 24. This is part of Littlefuse's Speed2Design contest. My colleague Steve Taranovich wrote about the contest and about the Ames Research Center in an article in EDN.
Charles had the opportunity to look behind the scenes. He got to walk through test facilities that any engineer would love to play in. Upon arriving, he saw this giant Faraday cage that NASA had built.
He was also able to see these giant fans that NASA uses to cool its super computers. Note the tiny engineers standing in front.
And this dazzling array of video screens that NASA used when it invented the first video game, Pong (just another commercial off-shoot from space research).
Conceivably, I may have misread my notes regarding these pictures. For more details (and more accuracy) have a look at Charles's slideshow here.