Current Press Kits
The Apollo 11 command module Columbia will temporarily leave the Smithsonian for the first time in 46 years to begin a journey to museums across the country for the traveling exhibition “Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.” The exhibition, a partnership of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the extraordinary achievement of man’s first step on the moon in 2019.
June 28, 2016 - The National Air and Space Museum will reopen the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall July 1 in conjunction with the museum’s 40th anniversary. Several of the museum’s most iconic artifacts will remain on view, and new ones have been added.
The National Air and Space Museum is one of the world's most popular museums with more than 8.2 million visitors in 2012. Its mission is to commemorate, educate, and inspire visitors by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts. The museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. It is also a vital center for historical research on aviation and spaceflight and related science and technology, and home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, which performs original research and outreach activities in planetary sciences.
Archived Press Kits
January 2014 - "Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars," a collection of remarkable photographs of the red planet, opens Jan. 9 at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars
April 2013 - If people want to know where they are, they need a reliable clock. It might seem surprising, but knowing the accurate time is essential for determining position. A new permanent exhibition at the Museum in Washington, DC, Time and Navigation: the untold story of getting from here to there, explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how people find their way.
Time and Navigation Exhibition
February 2012 - Space Shuttle "Discovery," the longest-serving orbiter in the space shuttle fleet, was accepted into the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum collection at the Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on April 19, 2012.
Space Shuttle "Discovery"