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National Air and Space Museum

Fast Facts

Location: Washington, DC, USA
Attraction Type: Museum
Significance: The largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecrafts can be found in the National Air and Space Museum.
Best Time To Visit: Anytime of the year is the best time to visit the Museum.
How To Reach: It can be reached by flight to Washington D.C.
Nearest Airport: D. C. Airport

If space and the spacecrafts are what that have always attracted you since your childhood days, and if you are dying to learn more about those, National Air and Space Museum is surely going to be your destination. It is the place where you will find the largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecrafts. And truly, the National Air and Space Museum is a dream destination for all the space lovers. Widely considered one of the most significant workds of modern architecutre in Washington, this Museum is also one of the largest research centers for study of history, science and technology of aviation. Research on the space flights along with planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics are also undertaken in the institute. The Museum, in its three specific centers viz. the National Mall Building, Udvar-Hazy Center and Paul E. Gerber Facility, stores the artifacts related to the aviation and space flights.

Things to see in the National Air and Space Museum

The Museum offers two different types of display at its two centers. The first one, located at the National Mall Building in Washington D.C., has in its display hundreds of artifacts including an original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis. It also contains the Apollo11 command module and a sample of rock from the moon. The visitors and tourists can touch the lunar rock sample. It's an amazing experience.

The other one, known as the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, has in its display the artifacts including the lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. The Center also displays Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and the Space Shuttle named Enterprise.

The Paul E Garber Preservation, Restoration and Storage Facility is a center at Suitland which acts as the restoration center of the precious collection of the Museum. Eventually in future, visitors will be able to see the Museum's primary artifacts restored in this center at the Paul E Garber. Now all the artifacts restored and preserved in the Paul E Gerber center can be seen at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. The objects and artifacts that are on display in the Museum are varied but all are related to aviation and spacecrafts. One can see Human Spaceflight, Areal cameras, Awards and Insignia, Rockets, Instruments and avionics kept in the Museum on display. Again visitors can see the Civilian Applications Satellites, the birth of a balloon, social and cultural collection, International space etc. As well. Visitors can have a look at the large archive of historic manuscripts, photographs, film and documents in the National Air and Space Museum. One can also see the collection of planetary images of NASA. This Museum preserves some 50000 objects including engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons etc. which are kept in display for the visitors.

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