This exhibition featured artifacts from the development of the Star Wars movie trilogy. View the gallery space through the online virtual exhibit and hear audio clips from the interactive audio tour narrated by James Earl Jones.
The ability to see Earth from space has forever changed our view of the planet. We are now able to look at the Earth as a whole, and observe how its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and life interact as global systems. Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere, and biosphere are dynamic, changing on timescales of days, minutes, or even seconds. Monitoring the Earth in near real time allows us to get an up-to-date picture of conditions on our planet.
Earth Today presents near real time data of the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere.
Five hundred years ago, Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, using the stars to guide him. Today, modern explorers are charting a course that may eventually take humanity out among the stars themselves. How and why have we come from seafaring to spacefaring? What challenges and choices do we face now?
The Where Next, Columbus? exhibition asked visitors to consider the motives and methods of exploration, as well as the options and possibilities for future space exploration.
This gallery depicted the computer revolution in aviation and space. Seven exhibit areas, including many "hands-on" interactive computers, illustrated the primary applications of the computer in aerospace: Design, Aerodynamics, Computer-Aided Manufacture, Flight Testing, Air Operations, Flight Simulators and Space Operations.
This gallery explored two key technologies that have made spaceflight possible: rockets and spacesuits. But it also paid tribute to the dreamers, writers, and visionaries whose ideas inspired many of the pioneers who would help realize humanity’s dream of spaceflight.
It demonstrated how science fiction—at least some of it—became fact, and how Chinese fireworks rockets ultimately led to titanic vehicles that sent people to the Moon. Many types of rocket engines were on display, along with an intriguing collection of flight suits and spacesuits.