National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA display the world’s largest collection of aviation and space artifacts.
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The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is open. Free timed entry passes are required and can be reserved on our website: https://s.si.edu/2EvDzyhe. The Museum in DC is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspect

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is open. Free timed entry passes are required and can be reserved on our website: https://s.si.edu/2EvDzyhe. The Museum in DC is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspect

Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, today in 1999. She was aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for...
07/23/2021

Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, today in 1999. She was aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-93, the mission to place the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in orbit.

Eileen Collins became the first female space shuttle commander, today in 1999. She was aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for STS-93, the mission to place the Chandra X-Ray Observatory in orbit.

The spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong when he took humanity's first steps on the Moon is in our collection and recently u...
07/22/2021

The spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong when he took humanity's first steps on the Moon is in our collection and recently underwent a major conservation project. Discover how we conserve and display this iconic artifact: https://s.si.edu/2kd33Jf #Apollo11

The spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong when he took humanity's first steps on the Moon is in our collection and recently underwent a major conservation project. Discover how we conserve and display this iconic artifact: https://s.si.edu/2kd33Jf #Apollo11

On this day in 1933, Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae: https:...
07/22/2021

On this day in 1933, Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae: https://s.si.edu/2NHJbbp

On this day in 1933, Wiley Post completed the first solo flight around the world in the Lockheed Vega Winnie Mae: https://s.si.edu/2NHJbbp

60 years ago today, Gus Grissom became the second American in space. His suborbital flight in Liberty Bell 7 lasted abou...
07/21/2021

60 years ago today, Gus Grissom became the second American in space. His suborbital flight in Liberty Bell 7 lasted about 15 minutes. Following splashdown, a hatch issue caused Liberty Bell 7 to flood and sink to the ocean floor, where it remained until it was recovered in 1999. We explore in a new blog: https://s.si.edu/36Tx6KK

60 years ago today, Gus Grissom became the second American in space. His suborbital flight in Liberty Bell 7 lasted about 15 minutes. Following splashdown, a hatch issue caused Liberty Bell 7 to flood and sink to the ocean floor, where it remained until it was recovered in 1999. We explore in a new blog: https://s.si.edu/36Tx6KK

10 years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, completing STS-135, the final mission of the ...
07/21/2021

10 years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, completing STS-135, the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.

10 years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, completing STS-135, the final mission of the Space Shuttle program.

Today in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. This...
07/20/2021

Today in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. This photo shows both astronauts on the Moon, with Armstrong reflected in the visor of Aldrin's helmet.

Today in 1969, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the Moon. This photo shows both astronauts on the Moon, with Armstrong reflected in the visor of Aldrin's helmet.

80 years ago today, the first class of Black aviation cadets who would become the Tuskegee Airmen began training at Tusk...
07/19/2021

80 years ago today, the first class of Black aviation cadets who would become the Tuskegee Airmen began training at Tuskegee Army Air Field. Among them was future Tuskegee Airman leader Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Learn more: https://s.si.edu/2n3c6Nv

80 years ago today, the first class of Black aviation cadets who would become the Tuskegee Airmen began training at Tuskegee Army Air Field. Among them was future Tuskegee Airman leader Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Learn more: https://s.si.edu/2n3c6Nv

55 years ago today, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on Gemini 10, the first flight to rendezvous with...
07/18/2021

55 years ago today, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on Gemini 10, the first flight to rendezvous with two different vehicles in orbit (Agena Target Vehicles 8 and 10). The Gemini 10 capsule docked with Agena 10, and Collins performed an EVA to travel to Agena 8.

55 years ago today, astronauts John Young and Michael Collins launched on Gemini 10, the first flight to rendezvous with two different vehicles in orbit (Agena Target Vehicles 8 and 10). The Gemini 10 capsule docked with Agena 10, and Collins performed an EVA to travel to Agena 8.

100 years ago today, spaceflight legend and hero John Glenn was born. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth...
07/18/2021

100 years ago today, spaceflight legend and hero John Glenn was born. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7 and returned to space on board Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998, becoming the only Mercury astronaut to fly on the space shuttle.

100 years ago today, spaceflight legend and hero John Glenn was born. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7 and returned to space on board Space Shuttle Discovery in 1998, becoming the only Mercury astronaut to fly on the space shuttle.

Wally Funk learned to fly at age 16. She has dedicated her life to flying and promoting aviation, but always had her sig...
07/17/2021

Wally Funk learned to fly at age 16. She has dedicated her life to flying and promoting aviation, but always had her sights set higher — space. Now, 60 years after excelling in the Lovelace Foundation's women's astronaut fitness testing program, she will finally go to space next week on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Discover her story: https://s.si.edu/2Tky8wm

Wally Funk learned to fly at age 16. She has dedicated her life to flying and promoting aviation, but always had her sights set higher — space. Now, 60 years after excelling in the Lovelace Foundation's women's astronaut fitness testing program, she will finally go to space next week on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Discover her story: https://s.si.edu/2Tky8wm

On this day in 1975, a US Apollo spacecraft and USSR Soyuz docked in the first international human spaceflight mission: ...
07/17/2021

On this day in 1975, a US Apollo spacecraft and USSR Soyuz docked in the first international human spaceflight mission: the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. These photos show a recreation of the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous, on display at the Museum in DC, and American astronaut Tom Stafford and Soviet cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov shaking hands.

Two years ago tonight, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, we unveiled our own Moonshot: a projection of...
07/17/2021

Two years ago tonight, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, we unveiled our own Moonshot: a projection of the Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument as part of #GoForTheMoon. Were you there?

Two years ago tonight, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, we unveiled our own Moonshot: a projection of the Saturn V rocket on the Washington Monument as part of #GoForTheMoon. Were you there?

Starting July 20, timed-entry passes will no longer be used to visit Air and Space.🚀 The Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia i...
07/16/2021

Starting July 20, timed-entry passes will no longer be used to visit Air and Space.

🚀 The Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia is open every day, 10 am to 5:30 pm
✈️ The Museum in DC reopens July 30 and will be open Thursday through Monday, 10 am to 5:30 pm
🔗 https://airandspace.si.edu/visit

We have liftoff on Apollo 11! At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched ato...
07/16/2021

We have liftoff on Apollo 11! At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched atop a massive Saturn V rocket on their historic journey to the Moon: https://s.si.edu/2ShSJMQ

We have liftoff on Apollo 11! At 9:32 am on July 16, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin launched atop a massive Saturn V rocket on their historic journey to the Moon: https://s.si.edu/2ShSJMQ

Today in 1954, the Boeing 367-80, aka the Dash 80, made its first flight. The Dash 80 was the prototype of America's fir...
07/15/2021

Today in 1954, the Boeing 367-80, aka the Dash 80, made its first flight. The Dash 80 was the prototype of America's first jet airliner (and a pilot once did a barrel roll while flying it! 😲). Learn more: https://s.si.edu/3j5mbT3

Today in 1954, the Boeing 367-80, aka the Dash 80, made its first flight. The Dash 80 was the prototype of America's first jet airliner (and a pilot once did a barrel roll while flying it! 😲). Learn more: https://s.si.edu/3j5mbT3

07/15/2021
Live Chat: Apollo Moon Rocks

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 15, join us for a live chat all about Moon rocks! We'll be joined by planetary scientist and lunar sample curator Ryan Zeigler and and senior scientist Andrea Mosie, who oversees Apollo lunar samples. What questions do you have about Moon rocks?

You can also watch the live chat on our website: https://airandspace.si.edu/events/moon-rocks-2

07/14/2021
$200 Million Gift Launches Bezos Learning Center

Today we announced a $200 million donation from Jeff Bezos to support the renovation of the Museum in DC and launch a new education center at the Museum. The Bezos Learning Center will support our mission of inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers, and researchers. Learn more about the gift, the largest ever given to the Smithsonian: https://s.si.edu/3kf3vU5

On this day in history in 1938, Howard Hughes and crew completed an around-the-world flight in Hughes' Lockheed Super El...
07/14/2021

On this day in history in 1938, Howard Hughes and crew completed an around-the-world flight in Hughes' Lockheed Super Electra. The flight broke Wiley Post's record, clocking in at 3 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes, and 10 seconds.

On this day in history in 1938, Howard Hughes and crew completed an around-the-world flight in Hughes' Lockheed Super Electra. The flight broke Wiley Post's record, clocking in at 3 days, 19 hours, 8 minutes, and 10 seconds.

Space Shuttle Discovery launched on STS-70 today in 1995 but it wasn’t the original date for the launch. The mission fac...
07/13/2021

Space Shuttle Discovery launched on STS-70 today in 1995 but it wasn’t the original date for the launch. The mission faced a multi-week delay caused by Northern Flicker woodpeckers at Pad 39B who poked about 200 holes in the foam insulation of Discovery's external tank.

Space Shuttle Discovery launched on STS-70 today in 1995 but it wasn’t the original date for the launch. The mission faced a multi-week delay caused by Northern Flicker woodpeckers at Pad 39B who poked about 200 holes in the foam insulation of Discovery's external tank.

On this day in 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter while in office. His fl...
07/12/2021

On this day in 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first U.S. president to fly in a helicopter while in office. His flight was aboard this Bell H-13J, on display at our Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. Read more about Ike and the First Presidential Helicopter: https://s.si.edu/2tIsbd5 #AirSpacePhoto

Today in 1969, days before the launch of Apollo 11, David Bowie released "Space Oddity" as a single. With space-age inst...
07/11/2021

Today in 1969, days before the launch of Apollo 11, David Bowie released "Space Oddity" as a single. With space-age instrumentation, it caught the attention of the BBC, who used it in their coverage of the first lunar landing. More from the blog: https://s.si.edu/2xMpVCs

Image credit: National Portrait Gallery; gift of Time magazine

Today in 1969, days before the launch of Apollo 11, David Bowie released "Space Oddity" as a single. With space-age instrumentation, it caught the attention of the BBC, who used it in their coverage of the first lunar landing. More from the blog: https://s.si.edu/2xMpVCs

Image credit: National Portrait Gallery; gift of Time magazine

The world's first active communications satellite, Telstar 1, was launched today in 1962. Soon after, Telstar enabled th...
07/10/2021

The world's first active communications satellite, Telstar 1, was launched today in 1962. Soon after, Telstar enabled the first transatlantic television transmission, linking the United States and France: https://s.si.edu/3r2alxt

The world's first active communications satellite, Telstar 1, was launched today in 1962. Soon after, Telstar enabled the first transatlantic television transmission, linking the United States and France: https://s.si.edu/3r2alxt

On this day in 1933, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off from New York in Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq" on flig...
07/09/2021

On this day in 1933, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off from New York in Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq" on flights to survey potential commercial air routes. Their route took them through Greenland where an Inuit boy gave their aircraft the name Tingmissartoq, from the Greenlandic word for "One who flies like a big bird." Learn more: s.si.edu/2VY3qqQ

On this day in 1933, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off from New York in Lockheed Sirius "Tingmissartoq" on flights to survey potential commercial air routes. Their route took them through Greenland where an Inuit boy gave their aircraft the name Tingmissartoq, from the Greenlandic word for "One who flies like a big bird." Learn more: s.si.edu/2VY3qqQ

Just announced: Tune in August 10 at 8 pm for "Top Gun Then and Now," featuring U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School co-foun...
07/09/2021

Just announced: Tune in August 10 at 8 pm for "Top Gun Then and Now," featuring U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School co-founder Dan Pedersen, Top Gun alum Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, and recent Top Gun grad Lt. Briana Plohocky. Sign up: https://s.si.edu/3ALYGav

Just announced: Tune in August 10 at 8 pm for "Top Gun Then and Now," featuring U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School co-founder Dan Pedersen, Top Gun alum Dale "Snort" Snodgrass, and recent Top Gun grad Lt. Briana Plohocky. Sign up: https://s.si.edu/3ALYGav

The final countdown. Ten years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center  on the last ...
07/08/2021

The final countdown.

Ten years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the last space shuttle mission, STS-135. Did you watch?

The final countdown.

Ten years ago today, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the last space shuttle mission, STS-135. Did you watch?

40 years ago today, the first solar-powered aircraft flight across the English Channel was made by Stephen Ptacek flying...
07/07/2021

40 years ago today, the first solar-powered aircraft flight across the English Channel was made by Stephen Ptacek flying Paul MacCready's Solar Challenger. Solar Challenger did not have reserve batteries and was powered by over 16,000 solar cells on its wings.

40 years ago today, the first solar-powered aircraft flight across the English Channel was made by Stephen Ptacek flying Paul MacCready's Solar Challenger. Solar Challenger did not have reserve batteries and was powered by over 16,000 solar cells on its wings.

On this day in 1919, Royal Air Force rigid airship R34 completed the first airship crossing of the Atlantic. It also car...
07/06/2021

On this day in 1919, Royal Air Force rigid airship R34 completed the first airship crossing of the Atlantic. It also carried the first foreigner to reach United States soil by air, R.A.F. Major J.E.M. Pritchard. Since the landing crew in Mineola, Long Island, had no experience with large airships, Pritchard parachuted out to provide instructions on how to secure the R34.

On this day in 1919, Royal Air Force rigid airship R34 completed the first airship crossing of the Atlantic. It also carried the first foreigner to reach United States soil by air, R.A.F. Major J.E.M. Pritchard. Since the landing crew in Mineola, Long Island, had no experience with large airships, Pritchard parachuted out to provide instructions on how to secure the R34.

On this day in history in 1932, Jimmie Mattern and Bennett Griffin departed New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on an unsucce...
07/05/2021

On this day in history in 1932, Jimmie Mattern and Bennett Griffin departed New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on an unsuccessful round-the-world flight attempt in Lockheed "Century of Progress."

Photo circa 1933.

On this day in history in 1932, Jimmie Mattern and Bennett Griffin departed New York’s Floyd Bennett Field on an unsuccessful round-the-world flight attempt in Lockheed "Century of Progress."

Photo circa 1933.

On this day in 2006, Space Shuttle Discovery made history when it became the first Independence Day launch. It launched ...
07/04/2021

On this day in 2006, Space Shuttle Discovery made history when it became the first Independence Day launch. It launched on the STS-121 mission.

On this day in 2006, Space Shuttle Discovery made history when it became the first Independence Day launch. It launched on the STS-121 mission.

Happy 4th of July!🎆🧨🎇 (Top) This American flag has been around the Moon and back. Michael Collins took it with him in hi...
07/04/2021

Happy 4th of July!🎆🧨🎇

(Top) This American flag has been around the Moon and back. Michael Collins took it with him in his Personal Preference Kit on the Apollo 11 mission.

(Bottom) The American flag seen here is on the sleeve of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit from the Apollo 11 mission.

Happy 4th of July!🎆🧨🎇

(Top) This American flag has been around the Moon and back. Michael Collins took it with him in his Personal Preference Kit on the Apollo 11 mission.

(Bottom) The American flag seen here is on the sleeve of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit from the Apollo 11 mission.

John Northrop experimented with flying wings for over a decade, believing they would have less drag and greater efficien...
07/03/2021

John Northrop experimented with flying wings for over a decade, believing they would have less drag and greater efficiency than conventional designs. On this day in history in 1940, the Northrop N-1M Flying Wing took to the sky for the first time. Its design was the forerunner of the larger all-wing XB-35 and YB-49 and ultimately the B-2 stealth bomber: https://s.si.edu/3hj4IXh

John Northrop experimented with flying wings for over a decade, believing they would have less drag and greater efficiency than conventional designs. On this day in history in 1940, the Northrop N-1M Flying Wing took to the sky for the first time. Its design was the forerunner of the larger all-wing XB-35 and YB-49 and ultimately the B-2 stealth bomber: https://s.si.edu/3hj4IXh

Today in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific during a round-the-world flight...
07/02/2021

Today in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific during a round-the-world flight attempt: https://s.si.edu/2XmYkah #BecauseOfHerStory

Today in 1937, Amelia Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific during a round-the-world flight attempt: https://s.si.edu/2XmYkah #BecauseOfHerStory

We have 165 million reasons to say thank you! We are excited to share that we have officially passed the halfway point o...
07/01/2021

We have 165 million reasons to say thank you!

We are excited to share that we have officially passed the halfway point of our Ignite Tomorrow campaign to transform the Museum in DC, having raised $165 million towards our $250 million goal. See the full list of leadership donors to the project: https://s.si.edu/3jrgHF3

📷: Artist rendering of the upcoming Destination Moon exhibition

We have 165 million reasons to say thank you!

We are excited to share that we have officially passed the halfway point of our Ignite Tomorrow campaign to transform the Museum in DC, having raised $165 million towards our $250 million goal. See the full list of leadership donors to the project: https://s.si.edu/3jrgHF3

📷: Artist rendering of the upcoming Destination Moon exhibition

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The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. This page represents both the National Mall location in Washington D.C, and the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. Together, these facilities welcome more than eight million visitors a year, making it the most visited museum in the country. We encourage you to share your visits using #airandspace. Please feel free to share thoughts about our posts, ask us questions, or tell us about your visit.

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