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Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Explore the Universe

Explore the Universe examines how our ideas about the Universe evolved as we developed new astronomical instruments.

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Past Exhibition

Where Next, Columbus?

Five hundred years ago, Christopher Columbus sailed west across the Atlantic, using the stars to guide him. Today, modern explorers are charting a course that may eventually take humanity out among the stars themselves. How and why have we come from seafaring to spacefaring? What challenges and choices do we face now? The Where Next, Columbus? exhibition asked visitors to consider the motives and methods of exploration, as well as the options and possibilities for future space exploration.

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