50 Years of Public Service
One Historic Site, Three Important Missions
On Oct. 26, 1963, the five-year-old National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) dedicated a new facility in the Pisgah National Forest southwest of Asheville, NC, that would play a critical role in the pioneering early days of the U.S. space effort. On that October day, little did anyone know that 50 years later the same site would be in its third important mission, and would now play an important role in educating and training the next generation of young scientists who will propel the space effort into new frontiers.
The 200-acre campus tucked into the ridges of the Pisgah National Forest west of Brevard now houses the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a public not-for-profit foundation bristling with scientific instruments used for research and for providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education to students of all ages.