The National Air and Space Museum offers a wealth of resources for researchers of aerospace history and planetary science at all levels, including for those conducting original research.

Geologist James Zimbelman and his intern Lora Griffin conduct research at the National Air and Space Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

The Archives' collections span the history of flight from ancient times to the present day and include a wide range of visual and textual materials, including documents, photographs, motion picture film and video, and more than two million technical drawings.

Reference services

Our staff is ready and willing to answer your questions on aviation and space flight, or to assist with your research project.

Reference services

A premier aviation and aerospace history collection, the National Air and Space Museum Library supports research by the Museum’s curatorial staff and aviation researchers around the world. 

Visit the Library

We offer a variety of fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and non-academic researchers.

Regional Planetary Image Facility

The Center for Earth and Planetary Studies (CEPS) houses a Planetary Image Facility that contains hardcopy images ranging from the Ranger missions in the early 60s through Mars Curiosity mission.


Our staff writes books on various aviation and space-related topics, including our exhibitions, the collection, the history of science and technology, and planetary science.

Staff Profiles

Discover the people behind the work and research the National Air and Space Museum does. 

Research projects

Staff and fellows at the National Air and Space Museum conduct original research in three major areas: Aeronautics, Earth and Planetary Science, and Space History.

Support the Museum

We rely on the generous support of donors, sponsors, members, and other benefactors to share the history and impact of aviation and spaceflight, educate the public, and inspire future generations.  With your help, we can continue to preserve and safeguard the world’s most comprehensive collection of artifacts representing the great achievements of flight and space exploration.

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