Category: Places

When I was a child, I always dreaming that one day I can be an astronaut, or at least a pilot. To fly in borderless skies. To break speed of sound, or even light speed limit.

My dream crashed down like a meteor when I grew up and realised that perfect eyesight is one of the requirement for those.

Now, my heart as heavy as this clouds every time I remembered that memory.

I have to slow down my pace, and take a new direction. Photography.

Which I kinda enjoying this direction. Let see how high I can go from here.

Picture taken at NASA Hangar One at San Francisco Bay area, California. Check out my previous post for better look of the hangar.

Earlier this year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named Hangar One to its 2008 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

NASA Ames is exploring potential partnerships to support this worthwhile endeavour.

The criteria for determining development and use already exist within the charter of the NASA Research Park (NRP).

The NRP assists NASA Ames in fulfilling its obligations under the National Historic Preservation Act with respect to Hangar One and all historic property that is part of the Shenandoah Plaza Historic District at Moffett Field.

This includes maintenance and preservation of historic buildings and assisting in revitalization and local economic development efforts through reuse of historic buildings.

NASA Ames looks forward to restore Hangar One to its former glory, make it a 21st century icon.

I hope NASA seriously rebuild this facility so I can visit again after they restored it.

More information about NASA Hangar One

By the way, speed limit 15? They must be kidding.

by flyingbeagle

NASA Hangar One or Moffett Field’s Hangar One is a one-of-a kind historic treasure and NASA is committed to its preservation.

Now 75 years old, this iconic landmark is showing its age. As a result of a 2003 inspection revealing PCBs and other contaminants are leaking from its metallic exterior, the facility has been closed for the past five years. This year, the Navy announced plans to remove all the contaminated siding material from Hangar One, seal the structural frame and leave the hangar’s framework and flooring standing. However, their plans do not address the Hangar’s reskinning. At the Navy’s recent public hearing on Aug. 26, 2008, members of the community expressed overwhelming support for full restoration.

NASA Ames Research Center assumed control of Moffett Field in the early 1990s.

NASA Hangar One Panorama

This photo was taken by stitching 22 images altogether to form panorama view (Click the photo to enlarge)

NASA issued the following statement on the progress of possible Hangar One reuses at the former Naval Air Station, Moffett Field:

NASA remains committed to the preservation and reuse of Hangar One and continues to pursue various reuse options. This spring, Ames discussed several Hangar One reuse concepts, ranging from airships to multi-purpose uses, with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo at her request. For more than 70 years, Hangar One has been a meaningful landmark in the San Francisco Bay Area. NASA Ames is responsible for Hangar One reuse and the Navy is responsible for environmental remediation, as described in the Navy’s December 2008 Action Memorandum, and has agreed to work in collaboration with NASA on this effort.

Below is the archive image of Hangar One in its Golden Age. It was used to store and maintain airship Zeppelin.


Circa 1934 photo of Hangar One with the airship U.S.S. Macon.
Image and information credit: NASA Ames Research Center

by flyingbeagle

Taken at NASA Research Center Ames, San Jose, California before Christmas 2012.

It was drizzling and the sky look unfriendly at that time. I put the camera on top of my bag with timer while I was standing and covering the camera lens from the rain. A star was born not in the manger, but at one of NASA hangar.

Star at NASA Research Center

by flyingbeagle