Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


Aviation and Space

Research in the Aeronautics Department is related to all aspects of flight in the atmosphere. In the Department of Space History, research is conducted on the history and technology of spaceflight and exploration. This research provides an invaluable foundation in developing exhibits for the public, in selecting artifacts for the Museum's collection, in writing publications, and in educating the public through lectures and other means.

Recurring Scholarly Event. The Smithsonian Institution Contemporary History Colloquium meets monthly, October through June, at the National Air and Space Museum and, drawing together academics from the many local universities, Smithsonian staff, and, importantly, Smithsonian fellows, serves as a forum of discussion and analysis of recent historical scholarship relevant to the collecting and exhibition responsibilities of the Smithsonian's history and art museums.

Complete list of Aeronautics and Space History research projects

Photo: Space History senior curator Roger Launius shares his expertise at an event commemorating the first use of nuclear power systems in space.