The National Air and Space Museum holds in trust over 60,000 artifacts and more than 20,000 cubic feet of archival materials. Historic aircraft and space artifacts, such as the 1903 Wright Flyer and the Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia, highlight the National Collection.

Thousands of additional artifacts—including engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons, artwork, documents, manuscripts, and photographs—document the richness of the history of flight. A wide variety of these artifacts are on display at the Museum in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.


About the collection About the archives

Multimedia Gallery


Objects on display

Search the Collection
Selected filters: Data Source: National Air and Space Museum Archives Topic: Astronautics Object Type: Correspondence Clear All
51 result(s) Charles Stuart Sheldon II Papers Archival Record Visionary: The Odyssey of Sir Arthur C. Clarke Collection McAleer Archival Record Early Rocketry (V-2) Photograph Collection Archival Record Rocket, Space, and Early Artillery History Archival Record Mercury MR-3 Flight Freedom 7 Recovery Photographs Archival Record James Webb - Arthur Raymond Correspondence Archival Record Apollo 10 Flight Recovery Letter Fearn Archival Record Carl Pascaloff (Lunar Rover Vehicle) Papers Archival Record Kathryn D. Sullivan Papers Archival Record S. Fred Singer Papers Archival Record Baker-Nunn Satellite Tracking Collection Archival Record Horace E. Weihmiller Collection Archival Record
See all object groups Aircraft Featured Object Group Aerial Cameras Featured Object Group Apollo 11 Featured Object Group How we care for our collections

Our collections specialists actively work on the conservation, preservation, restoration, and long-term care of the objects in our collection. From full-scale restoration projects to applying preservation techniques and doing regular assessments, these activities form a crucial part of our stewardship of the National Collection.

Collections care