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Museum in Washington, DC Past Exhibition

Early Flight

This gallery resembled an indoor aeronautical exhibition of 1913 and covers the birth and early years of the air age. Planes on display included the 1909 Wright Military Flyer (world's first military airplane), the Ecker Flying boat, a 1911 Curtiss Pusher and an 1894 Lilienthal glider.

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Curtiss Model D "Headless Pusher"
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Space Race

Space Race describes the U.S.-Soviet space rivalry and its aftermath, from the military origins of the Space Race, through the race to the Moon and the development of reconnaissance satellites, to cooperative efforts to maintain a human presence in space.

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Glenn and Gagarin Spacesuits in Space Race
Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

The 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first successful airplane, serves as the centerpiece of this exhibition, which tells the story of how Wilbur and Orville Wright invented the airplane.

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The Wright Brothers & The Invention of the Aerial Age

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Wright Brothers Exhibition - Gallery Section 1

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age

Companion book to the NASM exhibition, The Wright Brothers & the Invention of the Aerial Age.

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Book Cover: Wright Brothers and the Invention
Museum in Washington, DC Past Exhibition

Looking at Earth

Looking at Earth explores the technology of aerial and space observation and its many uses.

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Lockheed U-2
Museum in Washington, DC Past Exhibition

Apollo to the Moon

Apollo to the Moon told the historic story of human exploration of the Moon by the United States.

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Apollo 11 Photograph - Buzz Aldrin
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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Explore the Universe Exhibition
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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Mars Pathfinder’s View of Twin Peaks