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  • 1903 Wright Flyer
  • Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
  • <em>Enola Gay </em> at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
  • Apollo 11 Command Module <i>Columbia</i>
  • Discovery

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Hycon Model B Panoramic Camera

Aerial Cameras

The Museum’s aerial cameras have photographed or filmed birds, cold war secrets, the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, Indian ruins in the American Southwest, and scenes from Top Gun and The Great Waldo Pepper.

Spirit of St. Louis

Aircraft

Aircraft of the National Air and Space Museum

Neil Armstrong Spacesuit

Apollo 11

On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed in the Lunar Module Eagle and became the first humans to step foot on the lunar surface while astronaut Michael Collins orbited above inside the Command Module, Columbia. Here is a collection of objects from that historic mission.

Landsat - Thermatic Mapper

Civilian Applications Satellites

The Civilian Applications Satellites collection focuses on communications, weather, and remote sensing satellites and associated technologies, as well as objects that document the multiple and important social effects, global in scale, of these space-based tools. 

<i>Skylab</i> in NASA | ART

Eyewitness to Space

In March 1962, Administrator of NASA James Webb suggested that artists be enlisted to document the historic effort to send the first human beings to the Moon. The resulting program dispatched artists to NASA facilities with an invitation to paint whatever interested them. Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum in 1975, the NASA art collection remains one of the most important elements of what has become perhaps the world's finest collection of aerospace themed art.

Fly Save Time! Commercial Aviation Advertising Poster

Fly Now! The National Air and Space Museum Poster Collection

Throughout their history, posters have been a significant means of mass communication, often with striking visual effect. The posters in the collection are significant both for their aesthetic value and because they are a unique representation of the cultural, commercial, and military history of aviation during a significant period of its technological and social development.

Saturn V Instrument Unit at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Guidance, Navigation, and Control

The functions of guidance, navigation, and control are vital to all forms of air and space flight. The Space History collections in this area attempt to reflect that significance and illustrate the breadth of the topic.

Space Shuttle Discovery

Human Spaceflight

The Human Spaceflight collection spans decades of achievements from the first U.S. manned Mercury missions through Apollo, the Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station.

Receiver

Instruments and Avionics

The success of aviation has often been due to technologies that are often invisible to the casual observer. Aircraft instruments and aviation electronics (avionics) have played crucial roles in the safety, reliability, and efficiency of flight.

Vega Solar System Probe Bus and Landing Apparatus at the Udvar-Hazy Center

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. This collection explores international innovations in spaceflight.

Eddie Rickenbacker Uniform Jacket at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Military Personal Items

A selection of military uniforms and personal equipment from World War I to the Cold War, including items worn by General William Mitchell, General Henry "Hap" Arnold, and U-2 pilot Commander William Ecker.

Corona Film Return Capsule at the Udvar-Hazy Center

National Security Space

During the Cold Wars, the United States and USSR looked toward space for ways to spy on one another for the purposes of maintaining National Security and technological superiority.

Packard Merlin V-1650-7 V-12 Inline Engine

Propulsion

The propulsion collection includes reciprocating and rotary internal combustion and gas turbine engines, propellers, and the components and support technologies, or accessories, that deliver the needed air, water, fuel, and oil to an engine.  All of these artifacts reveal the multiple approaches used to improve the performance of the airplane during the 20th century.

F-1 Engine

Rockets and Missiles

Among this collection's highlights are: the world’s best collection of artifacts from American rocket pioneer Robert Goddard, an extensive collection of German World War II missile and rocket artifacts, a large number of American Cold War missiles and launch vehicles, and rocket engines from small thrusters to a gigantic F-1 motor from the Saturn V Moon rocket.

Stanley King Collection of Lindbergh Memorabilia

Social and Cultural Aviation Collection

Pioneer aviators became household names and their flights catapulted them into fame and celebrity. The objects of popular culture in the National Collection display everything from ashtrays to wristwatches that reflect the public fascination with aviation and the powerful commercial response to feats of the air.

Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model

Social and Cultural Space Collection

The Social and Cultural Dimensions of Spaceflight Collection includes over 4500 individual pieces of space memorabilia and space science fiction objects, including toys and games, clothing and stamps, medals and awards, and buttons and pins, as well as comics and trading cards.

Lunar Orbiter

Space Science

The space sciences collection includes objects ranging from engineering models, components, and prototypes to mockups and models representing the full range of scientific activities performed on space vehicles, including both suborbital and orbital satellites, probes, and landers, as well as missions flown into orbits around other celestial bodies, including the moon, other planets, the Sun, and the Earth’s Lagrangian points.

First Flight by Humans, 1783

The Birth of the Balloon

The invention of the balloon struck the men and women of the late 18th century like a thunderbolt. Enormous crowds gathered in Paris to watch one balloon after another rise above the city rooftops, carrying the first human beings into the air in the closing months of 1783. The National Air and Space Museum maintains one of the world's great collections of objects and images documenting and celebrating the invention and early history of the balloon. 

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