“Discovery” is the best word to describe the Museum’s 2012 activities — and not just because we welcomed a space shuttle by that name into the collection. The word also fits activities in research, education, exhibitions, programs, and collections care. Whether it was introducing kids to aviation pioneers, presenting programs that showcased planetary scientists’ most recent findings, or acquiring artifacts that represent ground-breaking technologies, the Museum embraced “discovery” in every sense of the word.
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On almost all fronts, from research to programs to care of the collection, 2011 was a transitional year for the Museum. From announcing the next Mars landing site to recreating a 19th century balloon ascension to teaching children about the solar system to moving entire collections from one location to another, we accomplished a wide variety of things last year, most of them reflecting new initiatives and future objectives.
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We have a tradition of celebrating milestones at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. The aircraft and spacecraft we collect, the scientific research we conduct, and exhibitions and programs we offer, focus on important achievements.
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As a museum with dual commitments to history and science, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum focuses its activities in three major areas: aviation, space exploration, and planetary studies. In 2009, we recognized anniversaries in all three. These historic events, as well as myriad other activities presented by the Museum last year, were guided by our mission, to "commemorate," "educate" and "inspire."
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