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
For 30 years the space shuttle ferried astronauts back and forth from the International Space Station.
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Our scientists are actively researching the potential habitability of Mars' past and present environments.
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We bring astronomy to you through webcasts from our Public Observatory and more.
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The Wright Brothers
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
History was made on the National Mall in 1861 when Thaddeus Lowe demonstrated the potential of balloons for aerial reconnaissance.
Women in Air and Space History
Women are represented in every gallery in the Museum.
Learn more about Women's Contributions to Aviation and Space History >
Have a look inside our artifacts with these panoramic views of some of our most significant cockpits.
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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 descrimination.
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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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