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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.
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.
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.
Rolls-Royce RB.211 in America by Air
This high-bypass turbofan engine and its Trent derivatives are widely used on Boeing and Airbus airliners. Its unique "three-spool" construction incorporates one more compressor stage than two-spool designs. While more complex, the three-spool design can produce greater thrust with lower fuel consumption and emissions. The RB.211 was first installed on Lockheed's L1011 TrisStar.