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Image of Pioneer 10
Image of Pioneer 10/11 Mission Patch
Painting of Pioneer 10 by Rick Guidice
 The Extraordinary Pioneer 10 Spacecraft, Mankind's First Deep Space Probe
+ Pioneers of Sol: The Motes in Gods Eye - Astrobiology Magazine Article by Richard Corfield commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pioneer 10.
+ 40th Anniversary news release.
+ Jupiter Odyssey - NASA documentary movie about Pioneer 10, dated 1974 (Video, TRT 28:01).
+ Pioneer Odyssey - NASA Special Publication about Pioneers 10 and 11 by Richard O. Fimmel, William Swindell, and Eric Burgess, dated 1977.
+ Historical Records - Guides to Pioneer Project Records in the History Office archives.
+ Pioneer Anomaly - June 2012 study identifies heat as source of Pioneer Anomaly.

Aerial view of Ames, 1938
 Aerial Photos of Ames
Ames Research Center, as seen from above, from 1938 to 1995. Compiled by Jack Boyd.
+ 43 aerial views of Ames

Image of KAO book covedr  Historical Monograph
+ NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory, 1971-1995: An Operations Retrospective with a View to SOFIA by Edwin F. Erickson and Allan W. Meyer (NASA SP-2013-216025).
(58.4 MB PDF file)

Image of an invention  NASA Ames Technology Transfer, 1976-2012
+ Historical Image Gallery Rretrospective of collaboration between Ames, industry, and other partners to proliferate useful inventions, such as memory foam.

Image of Hans Mark  Planetary Entry Probes 1953-2036
Alvin Seiff Memorial Award recipient Jim Arnold's paper on the history of NASA's entry probe technology development for planetary exploration.
+ Paper presented at the Tenth International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-10).

Rick Guidice's Painting of the Interior of a Bernal Sphere
Rick Guidice's Painting of the exterior of a Bernal Sphere
 Space Settlement Paintings
Paintings of space settlement designs from the 1970s by Bay Area artist and architext Rick Guidice were most recently exhibited at the Cité de l'architecture & du patrimoine in Paris.
+ NPR Science Friday article
+ Ames Astrogram article
+ CNN Style article featuring settlement paintings by Don Davis and Rick Guidice

Image of Jack Boyd Image of Hans Mark  NASA APPEL Masters with Masters Conversation with Jack Boyd and Hans Mark
Boyd and Mark discuss lessons they've learned as leaders in aerospace over the decades.
+ Video (TRT 58:47)
+ ASK Magazine article (Fall 2012)

Image of George Cooper  France Awards Legion of Honor
to Former Ames Test Pilot
George Cooper

+ Biographical article with details about Cooper's receipt of this prestigious award on May 8, 2012.

image of a wind tunnel test
image of the space shuttle in flight
image of an ion propulsion system
 Technology and Exploration before and after the Space Shuttle
John W. "Jack" Boyd, G. Scott Hubbard, and former astronaut Garrett E. Reisman discuss the history and future of space exploration on the eve of the final Space Shuttle mission, with host Michael Krasny on KQED's radio program Forum.
+ KQED radio program July 7, 2011
+ Other Forum radio programs with guests from NASA Ames

Image of the cover of the Mars in 3-D remasmtered Blu-ray  Collection Feature
+ 1979 Mars in 3-D Movie digitally remastered and available on Blu-ray. Original contributor Michael McNabb completed this massive project from archival film footage, sound reels, and related documentation loaned from the NASA Ames History Office.

Image of Jack Boyd  "The Freedom to Learn"
Jack Boyd reflects on a rich career at Ames and a advises how to strengthen future innovation by staying connected with the past in the fall 2010 issue of ASK Magazine.
+ View article online.
+ Download PDF of article.

Cover of Air&Space Magazine  + "How the Spaceship Got Its Shape." Article about Harvey Allen in the November 2009 issue of Air & Space Magazine.

Aerial view of NASA Ames Research Center  + NASA Ames Designated 2009 AIAA Historic Aerospace Site

Jack Boyd Talks at Google  + YouTube Video of Jack Boyd's History Presentation:
Jack Boyd tells Google staff about the history of NASA Ames.

Image of Jack Boyd  + Jack Boyd Earns NASA
History Award:

The NASA Ames senior advisor for history was commended for his "Energetic outreach and promotion of NASA history..."

image of Wright Flyer  + The NACA Reunion Memory Album has moved:
It's still on this site but can now be accessed through the site index.


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Selected Collections and Guides

+ Public Affairs Office Collection: Updated Guide. News materials, audio-visual media, subject files, and photographs produced and accumulated by Public Affairs Office staff. This information was used to fulfill the Center's mandate under the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act to disseminate information about its activities to the public. Processed by April Gage.

+ Roger Arno Papers: Updated Guide. Includes Arno's artwork, in the form of illustrations representing engineering concepts, as well as editorial cartoons about NASA people and projects. Processed by April Gage.

+ George B. McCullough Papers: Collection of this Ames NACA/NASA aeronautical engineer's investigations into airfoils, helicopter rotors, and launch vehicles. Processed by Danielle K. Lopez.

+ Ames Astrogram Collection Updated: This collection of the center's newsletter now spans from 1958-2015. An accrual of eight years of issues was processed by Danielle K. Lopez.

+ ADP Acquisition Planning Records: these planning records offer insight into three decades of computing capabilities at Ames.
Processed by April Gage.

+ Vernon L. Rogallo Papers: records, photographs, and artifacts related to Rogallo's career as an Ames engineer and promotion of "Flexikite" stunt kites based on his brother Frances's famous Rogallo wing design. Processed by Mikael Wester.

+ PAET Flight Project Binders: material related to the Planetary Atmosphere Experiments Test (PAET) Project. Processed by Jack Doran.

+ Artifacts Collection: a wide range of objects related to the history of Ames. Processed by Leilani Marshall, April Gage, Allison Tara Sundaram, and Danielle Lopez.

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History Archives, Mail Stop 207-1
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Curator: Ames History Archives
NASA Official: Darlene Gross
Last Updated: February 2019