NASA Ames, UC Berkeley to build $2 billion space center in Silicon Valley

The University of California, Berkeley, and NASA's Ames Research Center just unveiled plans for a new $2 billion space research center in Silicon Valley.

NASA Ames, UC Berkeley to build $2 billion space center in Silicon Valley
An artist’s rendition of the planned Berkeley Space Center in Mountain View, California. (Image credit: Berkeley Space Center/Field Operations and HOK)

The University of California, Berkeley, and NASA's Ames Research Center just announced plans to build a colossal $2 billion space center in Silicon Valley.

The collaboration between the University of California and NASA Ames, called the Berkeley Space Center, has been in the works for more than two decades. It will be a training ground for the next generation of space professionals, from engineers and explorers to business leaders in the burgeoning private space industry, team members said.

"The NASA mission is twofold: inspiring the next generation of explorers, and dissemination of our technologies and our research for public benefit," NASA Ames Director Eugene Tu said in a UC Berkeley statement. "Collaboration between NASA and university researchers fits within that mission."