The National Air and Space
Museum "Milestones of Flight" gallery exhibits some
of the major "firsts" in aviation and space history. These are
the machines that made the dream of flight possible. From the
first artificial satellite to the Ryan NYP "Spirit
of St. Louis", to the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia" that
carried the first men to walk on the Moon.
Use the timeline at left or the list
below to navigate this exhibition.
50 Years of the Space Age A special online celebration of Sputnik and Explorer and the first 50 years of the Space Age. A new informational exhibit on Sputnik and the beginning of the Space Age is located in Milestones of Flight.