Space Race has closed as part of the Museum’s renovation. Learn more about the project to transform the National Air and Space Museum.  

Details about the closed exhibition, as well as the original exhibition description, can be found below.

Soon after World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union became locked in a global conflict pitting democracy against communism. Space became a critical theater in this Cold War, as each side competed to best the other's achievements in what became known as the Space Race.

This gallery tells about that U.S.-Soviet space rivalry and its aftermath, from the military origins of the Space Race, through the race to the Moon and the development of reconnaissance satellites, to cooperative ventures between the two former rivals and efforts to maintain a human presence in space. Some of the many highlights include a German V-1 "buzz bomb" and V 2 missile, Soviet and U.S. spacecraft and space suits, a Skylab Orbital Workshop, and a full-size test version of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Related Topics: Space Apollo program Human spaceflight Space stations Spacecraft Cold War
In This Exhibit M2-F3 Lifting Body Object Hubble Space Telescope Object COSTAR Object Launch Stand, V-2 Missile Object WAC Corporal Sounding Rocket Object Minuteman Guidance System Object Skylab Orbital Workshop Object Model, Rocket, Jupiter C, 1:48 Object Minuteman III Missile Object Tomahawk Cruise Missile Object