Visit The National Air and Space Museum

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Not far from Walker Mill is a fascinating destination that’s home to the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts.

We are talking about the National Air and Space Museum, and millions of people walk through the doors every year. 

The museum’s mission is to “commemorate, educate, and inspire,” and its experts are making discoveries on Mercury, Mars, & the moon. 

There are several exhibits to explore including:

Human Spaceflight 

Human Spaceflight features objects and stories from one of the greatest achievements of the modern age. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first to venture into space in 1961. Since that time, more than 500 men and women have flown into space to repair telescopes, conduct laboratory experiments, and much more. Items on display include survival kits, Apollo 11 flotation bags, and a manned maneuvering unit. 

Time and Navigation 

Step Into Time & Navigation to explore how revolutions in timekeeping over the last 300 years have influenced how we find our way. Sailors were the first to use accurate clocks to navigate the oceans approximately 250 years ago. Over time, technology has changed, and the display includes radio compasses, air position indicators, and marine box chronometers.

Vertical Flight 

Pilots have dazzled crowds with races, climbing and diving moves, and dramatic turns since the early 1900s. Military pilots use aerobatic flight for combat tactics, while civilian pilots use these techniques during competitions and air show performances. The planes on display include the Loudenslager Laser 200, Pitts Special S-1C, and Monocoupe 110 Special. 

Admission is free, and the museum is open 364 days a year. 

The National Air and Space Museum is just one of the many world-class attractions near our apartments in District Heights, MD. If you are searching for a vibrant place to call home, please contact us. We would love to give you a tour of our community. 

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