March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
Many circular windows are used in SpaceShipOne's innovative design. The air pressure stresses on multiple smaller windows are less than on a single long windshield. The thin curved line marks the circular cockpit hatch.
Image Number: WEB10811-2008
Credit: Image by Carolyn Russo, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
For print or commercial use please see our permissions page.