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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.
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.
First Airplane Takeoff from Warship November 14, 1910
Eugene Ely makes the first airplane takeoff from a warship in a Curtiss pusher airplane from the cruiser USS Birmingham at Hampton Roads, VA. Ely later completes the first landing and takeoff from a ship in 1911. His flights marked the beginning of carrier aviation.