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Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars
"Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars," a collection of remarkable photographs of the red planet, opens Jan. 9 at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.

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."

Exhibition Banner for Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds
"Leonardo da Vinci's Codex on the Flight of Birds," possibly one of the world's most famous notebooks, goes on view Friday, Sept. 13, at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum for a 40-day exhibit, ending Oct. 22. Made up of 18 folios (two-sided pages) and written in the artist's famous "mirror" script, the collection of notes and sketches foreshadows devices and principles of mechanical flight by exploring bird flight and behavior. The Renaissance genius created the notebook between 1505 and 1506, when he also painted his masterpiece, the "Mona Lisa."

Apollo Sextant and Scanning Telescope

Time and Navigation Exhibitions
If people want to know where they are, they need a reliable clock. It might seem surprising, but knowing the accurate time is essential for determining position. A new permanent exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC, Time and Navigation: the untold story of getting from here to there, explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how people find their way.

Space Shuttle Discovery delights the crowd at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Space Shuttle Discovery
Space Shuttle Discovery, the longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet, was accepted into the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum collection at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on April 19, 2012.

Space Shuttle Astronaut on Spacewalk (STS-115)

Moving Beyond Earth Exhibition
How can human spaceflight become routine, economical, practical, and safe? How can a home and workplace be created in the extreme environment of space? What does the future hold for humans in space? Will people be able to travel to far-away worlds beyond the Moon? Do the benefits of human spaceflight outweigh the risks and expense? The Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC explores these questions and more.

National Mall Building

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.