International Space

Spaceflight and the use of rockets and missiles is not a uniquely American concept.  From the time that the Chinese first harnessed the power of explosive power into rockets through the dawn of the aviation age, individuals and groups throughout the world pondered on the next stage of flight.  It thus follows that the subject matter of the National Air and Space Museum encompasses not only national, but also international and multinational history. U.S. space artifacts alone do not tell the complete history of spaceflight.  The Museum’s U.S. space program collections are nearly comprehensive, illustrating programs from concept to execution, and its international collections are essential to place the National Collection into the proper context.

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  • Suit, Penguin-3, Shannon Lucid, Prophylactic Body-Loading
    Country of Origin: Russia
    Astronaut: Shannon W. Lucid
    Manufacturer: Zvezda
    Credit Line: Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing
  • Flight Suit, Salyut
    Country of Origin: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
    Owner: Nina Kiroda, Russia,
    Manufacturer: Zvezda
    Credit Line: Gift of the Association of Cosmonautics Museums of Russia.
    Type: PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Flight Clothing