Science Fiction

Science fiction allows to imagine what happened a long, long time ago in a galaxy far far away, or to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Through science fiction, we're able to explore new frontiers in science, innovation, and society. 

Star Trek

Conservation

Restoring the Enterprise Studio Model

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Spock Ears

Conserving Spock's Ears

Light Brown Tribble

Tribble Breeding Trial

Still of Marc Okrand recording audio at the Museum.

Tour the Museum in Klingon

The Doomsday Machine, a cone-shaped planet destroyer, from Star Trek: The Original Series (1966).

A Conversation with Klingon Creator

Boldly going where no one went before ...

Nichelle Nichols, portraying Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, was one of the first Black women to hold a prominent role in a major television series. Not only did she break barriers on screen, she helped NASA recruit astronaut candidates to join the space shuttle program. 

Star Wars

An Early Online Exhibit

Star Wars: The Magic of the Myth

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A set of Star Wars toys manufactured for the release of The Empire Strikes Back, 1980. Pictured are R2-D2, Han Solo, Darth Vader, Yoda, Boba Fett, and a Storm Trooper, among others.

A Merchandising Empire

Trick or Treaters Pose with Star Wars Characters at the Udvar-Hazy Center

Revolutionizing Entertainment

Mercury Phonebooth and Star Wars Mailbox

R2-D2 Has a Message for You

Expedition 45 members donned Jedi robes and hid a Death Star in their official crew poster

Star Wars in Real Space

That's no moon. 

Star Wars director George Lucas, and the other artists and conceptual designers behind the look and feel of the original trilogy, grew up during the height of the Cold War and were heavily influenced by the Vietnam War. This period of conflict shaped their perspectives and portrayal of combat ... and the Death Star in particular.

2001: A Space Odyssey

360 Video

A Space Odyssey Immersive Art Exhibit

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Tom Jones with <i>2001 A Space Odyssey</i> on Space Shuttle <i>Atlantis</i>

Space Odyssey in Orbit

Airspace Podcast Logo 2020

Open the podcast doors, HAL.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Making the Star Gate Sequence

Frederick I. Ordway III (left) and Harry Lange (right) pose with an EVA Pod in the Discovery One pod bay interior set of the motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey

Real Technology Behind HAL

You might also pick up some good ideas (and writers) if you come, disguised as one fo the characters from the Star Wars cantina...

Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote to director Stanley Kubrick, inviting him to the World [Science Fiction] Convention. This gem is one of many you'll find in Clarke's archival papers.

To Infinity and Beyond

Ray Guns

The Ray Gun Price War

man in front of desk

Ray Bradbury and the Lost Planetarium Show

A photo of the Blade Runner "Spinner" flying car movie prop.

Blade Runner’s Spinners

T’Challa’s Royal Talon Fighter flying above Wakanda in the film Black Panther.

Aviation in Wakanda

A science fiction mix-tape just for you.

Summer 2020, NASA’s Perseverance rover launched on its seven month journey from Cape Canaveral, Florida to Jezero Crater, Mars. To accompany Percy on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala. New episodes are released every month.