Collins, former Apollo 11 astronaut, is named director
of the National Air and Space Museum.
appropriates $40 million in construction funds for the
new building, which is designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth,
Obata & Kassabaum. The groundbreaking ceremony
for the National Air and Space Museum takes place on
a Bicentennial gift to the people of the United States,
the Federal Republic of Germany provides the Museum with
a Carl Zeiss VI planetarium instrument and an automatic
control system, making the Albert
the only fully automated planetarium
of its type in the world.