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Growing up in the Bay Area (and as a frequenter of Moffett Field), Hangar One has lots of special memories for me -- including the annual air shows, visits from reigning Presidents deplaning Air Force One and more.

Its hard to understand just how impressive and large Hangar One is until you see it and stand at its massive doors, but to help you understand, it could hold three Titanic ships -- side by side-- with room to spare!

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NASA's Hangar 1: Among the world's largest freestanding structures 
Hangar One is one of the world's largest freestanding structures, covering 8 acres (32,000 m2). The hangar was constructed in 1931. It is a Naval Historical Monument and a State of California Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. In May 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Hangar One on their list of America's "Most Endangered Places". NASA's Ames Research Center is currently evaluating bids to lease the hangar and Moffett Federal Airfield.

In this image, Hangar One is set in blue courtesy of event planners and sponsors of the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences event held in December 13, 2013 at Moffett Federal Airfield in California.

Moffett Field's "Hangar One" (built during the Depression era for the USS Macon) and the row of World War II blimp hangars are still some of the largest unsupported structures in the country. The airship hangar is constructed on a network of steel girders sheathed with galvanized steel. It rests firmly upon a reinforced pad anchored to concrete pilings. The floor covers eight acres (32,000 m²) and can accommodate Six (6) (360 feet x 160 feet) football fields. The airship hangar itself, measures 1,133 feet (343 m) long and 308 feet (93 m) wide.

The building has aerodynamic architecture. Its walls curve upward and inward, to form an elongated dome 198 feet (60 m) high. The clam-shell doors were designed to reduce turbulence when the Macon moved in and out on windy days. The "orange peel" doors, weighing 500 tons (511.88 tons) each, are moved by their own 150 horsepower motors operated via an electrical control panel.

The airship hangar's interior is so large that fog sometimes forms near the ceiling. A person unaccustomed to its vastness is susceptible to optical disorientation. Looking across its deck, planes and tractors look like toys. Along its length maintenance shops, inspection laboratories and offices help keep the hangar busy. Looking up, a network of catwalks for access to all parts of the structure can be seen. Two elevators meet near the top, allowing maintenance personnel to get to the top quickly and easily.

Narrow gauge tracks run through the length of the hangar. During the period of lighter-than-air dirigibles and non-rigid aircraft, the rails extended across the apron and into the fields at each end of the hangar. This tramway facilitated the transportation of an airship on the mooring mast to the airship hangar interior or to the flight position. During the brief period that the Macon was based at Moffett, Hangar One accommodated not only the giant airship but several smaller non-rigid lighter-than-air craft simultaneously.

USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting and served as a "flying aircraft carrier", designed to carry biplane parasite aircraft, five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1 for training. In service for less than two years, in 1935 Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California's Big Sur coast, though most of the crew were saved.

Moffett Federal Airfield is a joint civil-military airport located between northern Mountain View and northern Sunnyvale, California, USA. The airport is near the south end of San Francisco Bay, northwest of San Jose. Formerly a United States Navy facility, the former naval air station is now owned and operated by the NASA Ames Research Center. 

Moffett Airfield is home to H211, LLC, owned by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Through the LLC they pay $1.3 million a year to NASA to park their Boeing 767-200 and other Gulfstream V jets. In addition, the airplanes have also had scientific equipment installed by NASA to allow for experiments to be run in flight.

Image Credit: NASA Ames Research Center
Caption Credit: Wikipedia

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Thanks for posting this.  I have driven past this hangar many times and have been impressed with the outside view, but have never seen the inside of it.
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One, two, THREE! 

Today marks my three year Googleversary. 

Yep, that's right-- as of today, I've been at +Google three fun filled years.

 So, I wanted to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who has helped make these past three years jam-packed and full of awesome. From #chromebooks  to new country launches, you guys are the cat's meow. 

Thank you!

cc/ +Life at Google 
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Yu Da Gurl!
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To my fellow Americans:

Feeling bummed that today is tax day? 
Don't fret my pets! Check out this list of restaurants, deals and other companies that are offering freebies today, all in honor of good 'ol Uncle Sam:

What a sweet treat after all of that taxing turmoil! 

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#taxes   #freebies   #thankyou  
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Thank the banks!
 I can see the bread lines forming from here... It won't be long now...IMO
Hope you have something other than money in the bank when the new "wealth" taxes start to roll out...
Almost time to get out that 100 dollar bill toilet paper... like in Zimbabwe.
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Haha +G. Hussain Chinoy I know! Soooo loud! You can hear Lila from the other room!
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Purring cats are the best.
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It's no joke... the +Google+ team recently rolled out a new feature allowing you to see just how many times your Google+ profile & content has been viewed by other people and whoa, you guys sure know how to make a girl feel loved!

9M+ views?! Jeez. 

So I started poking around and my gosh, there's a whole lot of viewing going on! 

If you want to learn more about this feature, check out this help center article:

#protip   #newfeature   #learnmore   #thankyou  
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Fight On!!
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I can't wait to see your snapshot of the world! Be sure to post, share and tag your photos-- maybe you'll be selected by +Google and +TIME!

(PS-- photo collection starts now, so start sharing!)

"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world" - Louis Armstrong

#mybeautifulearth #earthday
We’re teaming up with TIME to celebrate #EarthDay next week, and we want you to join in by sharing your photos of our beautiful earth. Publicly share photos on Google+ with #MyBeautifulEarth, and TIME will feature some of their favorite photos on their website on Earth Day. Explore now:
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I love hearing about the kindness of strangers!

Have an +Android device? Be sure to update the owner settings to ensure that your shiny ends back up in your hands!
I forgot my bag on the NJT train!

[tl;dr: an amazing person picked up my bag, noticed the email address on my tablet's lock screen, and returned my bag! Everyone should add their phone and/or email to their lock screens.]

Tonight's commute was unusual but ended well. I rushed from TGIAF and attempted to catch the 5:50PM train to NJ. I missed the train by one minute and had to wait for the 6:18PM.

When the train arrived I settled in; three bottles of whisky against my left leg, my messenger bag behind my feet, and Kindle in hand. I started reading and immediately started feeling sleepy.

I fell asleep. It's extremely rare that I fall asleep, I'm sure the samples of whiskey didn't hurt. I woke up when the train was stopped... one station after my stop. I quickly gathered my kindle, whiskey, and jacket and jumped off the train. The doors closed behind me and I immediately realized my mistake. I rushed to the front of the train, knocking on exit doors as I passed. I reached a ticket agent and quickly explained that I left my bag two cars back. The agent refused to open the doors so I could get back on! It's possible that she couldn't stop the train but I was extremely disappointed.

I was hopeful that the agent would take my bag to the NJT lost-and-found since I told her exactly where I left it. Camera. Tablet. Notebook. Car key. Badge... all of my every day items missing.

Jenna picked me up and we returned home where I moped for about an hour. I started thinking about everything in my bag and what, if anything, could allow someone to identify its owner. My badge and tablet lock screen were the only items with my name or email address on them.

I decided to check my email just-in-case. Amazingly, someone had emailed me about my bag! The person noticed my bag at the last stop and decided to grab  it so it wouldn't be stolen or "lost" by NJT. I immediately called him and he drove 20 minutes to my location. He returned my bag and politely declined the reward I offered. 

I'm still shocked that the NJT agent left my bag. I am grateful that someone was nice enough to find it, locate me, and then drive it to my location. I'll certainly do their same thing if I'm ever in the that situation.

(I'll likely place an ID card in my bag as well; I would have been out-of-luck if my tablet's battery had died.)
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Aw, that's great +Tino Soto -- so glad people like you exist :) 
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Love seeing things like this-- way to go, +Natalie Villalobos

Here's to seeing loads more women in tech + a diverse tech environment, because groupthink helps no one.
Women Techmakers: Make your passion.

Last month 11,000 technical women attended 125 events across 52 countries to build greater visibility, community, and resources for women in technology.

Today we're excited to debut a video featuring innovative women leaders who share their personal stories, solutions, and impact on the technology industry.  Shout outs to Googlers +Kelly Ellis +Jay Wong +Brynn Evans +Megan Smith +Mary Lou Jepsen +Joanna Smith!

Learn more about the Women Techmakers program at and join our Google+ community at

#wtm   #developers   #womentechmakers  
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Of course, +Natalie Villalobos :)
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So excited to announce that you can officially rock out with +Google Play and your +Sonos system.

I've been doing this for a while now and wow, if you loved Play Music All Access before, you're gonna REALLY love it when you cast it straight to Sonos.

Ready, set, Play!
Sometimes music is meant to be listened to on your headphones. But other times, it’s meant to be heard in HiFi sound in every room of your house. Today, we’re launching a new feature that lets you play music directly to any Sonos speakers from within the Google Play Music app on your Android phone or tablet.

If you have +Sonos, all you need to do is download the latest Sonos Controller app ( Make sure your phone or tablet is on the same wireless network as your Sonos. A cast icon will appear in the upper right corner of the Google Play Music app ( Simply tap it and select the Sonos speaker where you want to play your music. Voila! Perfect sound in any room of your house.

You can build a playlist, create a radio station from any song, and add, reorder or delete songs straight from Google Play Music. Also, if you prefer to use the Sonos Controller app, Google Play Music is now also offered as a service there.

Find out how to amplify your music with Google Play and Sonos:
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+Blendi Krasniqi Nexus devices are available for sale on the Play store in 20 countries (we just launched 8 more on 3/18-- this was my project)

As for the countries, play store automatically detects your location and routes you to your home/local store. If you are coming across a spammy app, please report it. Its up to the developer to enable their app for multiple countries and be certified/enabled for sale and distribution in additional countries. 
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Aww! Check out that up-close and personal detail of my sweet little Lila! Thanks, #nexus5

(More: Lila and Paige purring -- it's a video!) 

Cc/ +Joey-Elijah Sneddon -- purrrr his request!
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Recently picked up a bite at the Tritonville Bar & Terrace as a result of staying at the Sandymount Hotel. Staff was always quite busy but was able to balance their tables with the right amount of attentiveness. As an American, I'm partial to my hamburgers/ "Beef Burgers" as we're spoiled in the States-- so perhaps ordering one in Dublin wasn't the best idea as I was slightly disappointed in the flavor. (Beef was good, composition was, well-- "meh"-- left me wanting something more-- even if it was just a basic burger). However, I have gone back again and ordered the Pasta Carbonara, which was good-- cream sauce was rich and tasty-- nice on a blustery night. If you're short on time, staying in the hotel and don't want to venture out, I'd recommend it. It's also a nice place to pop in and grab a pint, read an eBook on your Nexus7 or Kindle and relax for a bit while sports are on in the background, as the booths are comfortable.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Very good
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Adorable from the outside (the gardens are a treat to look at!) for an American, the Sandymount's rooms leave you wanting just a little bit more. The rooms are sparse and simple (but are kept quite tidy), but unfortunately the walls also fall under that category-- sparse. With a room on "Garden level" you can hear the pitter patter of footsteps from above (and even the scuffle of "friends" outside your door on a weekend night). But don't dismay-- the front desk staff at Sandymount is terribly helpful-- they'll clear away any Dubliners that may disturb you and even offer a shuttle to take you into local services. They're kind, provide maps and anecdotes and are receptive to crazy Californian's staying in their hotel. Overall, it's quaint, and it has free WiFi (that's a plus!) that you top off each night and works (reliably) throughout the hotel.
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Appeal: Very goodFacilities: GoodService: Excellent
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