Popular Topics

We examine a wide variety of subjects at the Museum — from the Space Shuttle to the Wright brothers. We even conduct our own groundbreaking research in the area of planetary science. Here are just a few of the more popular topics you can explore on our website. Dig in!

The Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Discovery

For 30 years the space shuttle ferried astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station.

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Mars’ Gale Crater

Our scientists are actively researching the potential habitability of Mars' past and present environments.

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Crab Nebula

We bring astronomy to you through webcasts from our Public Observatory and more.

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The Wright Brothers

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

In 1903, the Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard.

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Civil War Ballooning

Thaddeus Lowe at the Battle of Fair Oaks

History was made on the National Mall in 1861 when Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated the potential of balloons for aerial reconnaissance.

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Women in Air and Space History

Jaqueline Cochran

Women are represented in every gallery in the Museum.

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Look Inside!

Cockpit of the Lockheed SR-71A Blackbird at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Have a look inside our artifacts with these panoramic views of some of our most significant cockpits.

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Black Wings

Willa Brown

African Americans were routinely denied access to training as pilots and mechanics in the early days of aviation. A small number of determined black air enthusiasts challenged racial discrimination.

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Apollo Program

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin and the U.S. flag on the Moon

The Apollo Program was designed to land humans on the Moon and bring them safely back to Earth, but America's goals went beyond that.

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Conserving Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit

Our conservators play a vital role in caring for our more than 60,000 objects. Learn about the kinds of work our conservators do behind-the-scenes.

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World War II Aviation

<em>Enola Gay </em> at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Explore the Museums expansive collection of World War II aircraft, hear from our experts and veterans, and uncover new stories.

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Human Spaceflight

Ed White performing the first EVA

Explore the objects that have made human spaceflight possible and hear from astronauts and our experts about what it's like to live and work in space.

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Rockets and Missiles

F-1 rocket engines in Apollo to the Moon

Within a couple of decades, rockets and missiles began to alter the course of the twentieth-century. Explore our stellar collection and hear from our experts.

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