Skip to content
Visit us in Washington, DC and Chantilly, VA to explore hundreds of the world’s most significant objects in aviation and space history.
Explore striking lunar landscapes from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera in this exhibition where art meets science.
The X-1 proved an aircraft could travel faster than sound and gathered transonic flight data that is still valuable today.
Don’t miss our fast-paced webcasts designed to engage students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in 30 minutes.
How has Star Trek influenced your life or career? Share your story and tell us!
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.
The Rebecca-Eureka System
The Rebecca-Eureka system, while an excellent way of guiding transport planes to paratrooper drop zones depended on the pathfinder forces with the Eureka beacons to be in the right place at the right time. During the invasion of Normandy, weather delays prevented this. The inability to have the Eureka teams in place is a significant reason why the paratroop landings in the hours before daylight went so wrong.