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Google leases Nasa airbase for robots, planes and space exploration


Google has leased a Nasa airfield in San Francisco, which includes three hangars capable of housing robotics research and space-exploration vehicles.

The 60-year, $1.16bn (£732m) lease of Moffett Field Naval Air Station on the San Francisco peninsula includes a $200m commitment to refurbish the hangars and improve the site with a museum and educational facilities.

"As Nasa expands its presence in space, we are making strides to reduce our footprint here on Earth," said the Nasa administrator Charles Bolden in a press release. "Moffett Field plays an important role in the Bay Area and is poised to continue to do so through this lease arrangement."

"We look forward to rolling up our sleeves to restore the remarkable landmark Hangar One, which for years has been considered one of the most endangered historic sites in the United States," said David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate and workplace services at Google.

Google declined to comment further on its plans for the airfield.

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