Really some of the "mega grand" things happening there. Smart phone based satellite was the odd person out being the tiniest stuff...but it was a good idea thought. Technologies similar to "forward osmosis water processor" could console all scary people (including me) who think the drinking water problem looming in the future. I am sure there are researches going on to process & use sea water for the same.
That Hanger One shell could be used to make the world's best tropical greenhouse in the Bay Area if NASA only used their imagination a little. It is almost 7 acres, and the height would allow a mature tropical forest canopy. They could even put a canopy walk or tram in the thing. Skinning it with polycarbonate would not be too costly. Treating the steel structure for corrosion protection in a high humidity environment would be an issue, but is likely solvable. NASA needs to think outside the box a bit...
I have enjoyed several trips to Ames over the years for expos in their giant hangars and new conferences at their supercomputer center. I've enjoyed seeing the fragments of moon rocks on display there, too.
You're right. It does look like the Bird's Nest, @goafrit. Or the world's biggest jungle gym. I hope no one tries to climb it. Prior to the toxic asbestos tiles being removed, the hangar housed an aviation museum. I saw on the news that the museum was looking for a new home or to keep the one they had. I wonder what happened to them. More reading: GSA and NASA seek rehab proposals for historic Hangar One airship station
Never knew NASA has nice structures like this. Great history and photos - one will hope they do not break them. This looks like the Bird Nest which China showed the world during the olympics. One of the stadia looked like that.