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Visit us in Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA to explore hundreds of the world’s most significant objects in aviation and space history.
Learn how aviation and spaceflight transformed the world.
The lunar module represents one of humanity’s greatest achievements: landing people on another heavenly body.
Don’t miss our fast-paced webcasts designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in 30 minutes.
Apollo 11 was a global event. What did that historic mission mean to you? Share your story and read what others have to say.
Our scientists are involved in current research focused on the Martian climate and geology. Find out what we’re discovering.
Recognize your favorite air or space enthusiast. Add his or her name to the Museum’s Wall of Honor.
Tsiolkovsky Spacecraft Model
Soviet model makers built this spacecraft model based on the late 19th-century designs and notes of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who pioneered the idea of transporting humans into space aboard rockets. The model grossly overestimates the living space available on such a rocket, but it does reflect an understanding of the physical constraints of space travel known at that time.