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National Air and Space Museum

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The National Air and Space Museum (NASM) of the United States' Smithsonian Institution maintains the largest collection of aircraft and spacecraft in the world. Its notable exhibits include:

The lunar rock sample displayed at the National Air and Space Museum
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The lunar rock sample displayed at the National Air and Space Museum

The main exhibit hall of the museum is on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the city. In addition to the rooms crowded with historic aircraft and other artifacts, there is an IMAX theater and the Albert Einstein Planetarium.

The museum's total collection numbers over 30,000 aviation-related and 9,000 space-related artifacts, and is thus larger than will fit in the main hall. Many of the aircraft are at the Garber Restoration Facility in Suitland, Maryland.

In addition, the museum has an annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located near Dulles Airport, opened on December 15, 2003. It will eventually have 200 aircraft (Small, 2003) and 135 spacecraft on display, and its notable exhibits already include:

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Some of these aircraft were too large for NASM's main hall. The Center was made possible by a US$ 65 million gift in October 1999 to the Smithsonian Institution by Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, an immigrant from Hungary and co-founder of the International Lease Finance Corporation (Small, 2003). Construction of the Center required fifteen years of preparation (Triplett, 2003).

The Museum has a research department, archives, and library.

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References

  • Small, L. M. (2003, December). A century's roar and buzz: Thanks to an immigrant's generosity, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center opens to the public. In From the Secretary. Smithsonian, 34, 20.
  • Triplett, W. (2003, December). Hold everything! Smithsonian, 34, 59.de:National Air and Space Museum

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