The Museum and The Johns Hopkins University announce
the establishment of a historical resource center
that will maintain an inventory of significant documents
relating to the Space Telescope and its future launch
in 1985 (January 7)
Col. Walter J. Boyne (USAF, Ret.) is named director
of the National Air and Space Museum (February 10).
The first "Wings and Things" open house
for the public takes place at the Paul
E. Garber Facility, giving visitors a rare behind-the-scenes
view of artifact restoration, preservation and storage
Stars, a major exhibition gallery focusing
on astronomy, opens.
Sally K. Ride, first American woman in space, presents
her flight suit to the Museum.
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of manned
flight, the Museum opens a new exhibit, "Dr.
Franklin's Window: American Witnesses to the Birth
of Flight," located in the Museum's Balloons
and Airships gallery.
Image Facility, an extensive collection
of lunar and planetary photographs and data, opens
to researchers in the Museum's Center for Earth
and Planetary Studies (December 1).
Wilkinson Wright, a grand nephew of the Wright brothers,
donates an original wooden propeller from the 1903
to the Museum (December 15).