In a close-up photograph of Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis the names of excited mechanics, hoping to leave their mark on the aircraft that flew across the Atlantic, can be seen scratched across the aluminium cowling. A nose-on image of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 reveals a bullet-...
In 2016, after almost two years of extensive research and meticulous conservation, the Star Trek starship Enterprise studio model, restored to its appearance at the end of filming for the original television series (1966-1969).
Neil Armstrong's spacesuit arrived at the Museum in the early 1970s after NASA had taken it on a nationwide tour. The spacesuit immediately went on display and remained on display for 30 years until deterioration from long-term display and handling mandated its return to storage for stabilization in January 2006.
The National Air and Space Museum is embarking on the preservation of one of its signature artifacts, the Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder Flak-Bait. This medium bomber and its crews flew more missions than any other American aircraft during World War II. Today, the artifact still bears the...
The smooth, flat, relatively crater-free northern lowlands fit the profile of a young geologic surface; However, recent findings of buried basin depressions imply the underlying lowlands crust is not as young as previously thought, but ancient like t
Transverse Aeolian Ridges (TARs) are wind-produced landforms on Mars that may be either large ripples or small sand dunes. Ripples form in a very different way than dunes, so it is important to determine which these features are.
Valley networks are frequently cited as the best evidence that liquid water once existed on Mars. Currently, we are examining valley networks in other areas of Mars with the goal of understanding potential global and regional climatic differences.