National Air and Space Museum Commemorates First Space Walks
Fifty years ago, astronauts ventured for the first time outside the spacecraft. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is marking this historic anniversary with the exhibition "Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity," opening Jan. 8.
Kitty Hawk Anniversary
On Dec. 17, 2003, America looked back a century to celebrate the first successful flight of a powered airplane. Ten years after the Centennial of Flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright's achievement at Kitty Hawk is still inspiring creativity and provoking discussion. In time for this year's anniversary, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is introducing 21st-century projects that relate to the brothers and their 1903 Flyer, one of the Smithsonian's most iconic artifacts, and shining a light on its popular exhibition, "The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age."
National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the world's most popular museums with more than 8.2 million visitors in 2012. Its mission is to commemorate, educate, and inspire visitors by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts. The museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. It is also a vital center for historical research on aviation and spaceflight and related science and technology, and home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, which performs original research and outreach activities in planetary sciences.