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.
Our staff is ready and willing to answer your questions on aviation and space flight, or to assist with your research project.
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.
We offer a variety of fellowships for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and non-academic researchers.
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.
Discover the people behind the work and research the National Air and Space Museum does.
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.
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.