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September 22, 2009
From journal Our Nation's Capital
London, United Kingdom
April 6, 2008
We then ventured next door to Gallery 210 and the "Apollo to the Moon" exhibition where the ingenious display of an F-1 engine is mirrored in a way to show the configuration of the actual five engines that sat at the base of the Saturn 5 rocket. The Saturn 5 was the largest rocket in the world and the F-1 was the most powerful rocket engine, enabling the rocket to reach speeds of 6,000 miles per hour shortly after launch.On to the next gallery and we toured the striking Wright Brothers exhibition. Boards and illustrative displays tell of their family life and lead on to their work in the early 1900s that led to the invention of the first powered airplane. In the centre of the gallery is their masterpiece, the 1903 Wright Flyer. The exhibition then continues, looking at the fast development of flight in the decade that followed. In the main galleries, planes and spacecrafts are impossibly suspended overhead, including the Spirit of St. Louis, the aircraft piloted by Charles A. Lindbergh in 1927 from New York to Paris in the first solo transatlantic flight. The National Air and Space Museum at the National Mall could easily occupy a full day and we barely scratched the surface, sadly missing out on many galleries including World War Two aviation, Flight Simulators and the Planetarium. (I can’t imagine how much time you would need at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center though!) It also seemed to cater well to children although I was sad to see that they’ve allowed a McDonald’s branch a berth in their food court on the first floor. www.nasm.si.edu
From journal The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC
by Bruce Horne
June 3, 2007
From journal D.C. Trip
Panama City Beach and Orlando, Florida
March 22, 2007
From journal Spring Break in Washington, D.C.
December 30, 2006
From journal DC, in the Rain, With an Aussie
Lake Forest, California
November 20, 2006
From journal Washington, D.C.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
October 9, 2006
From journal Washington -- Smithsonian
January 16, 2006
From journal Visiting the Smithsonian While Studying in DC
November 14, 2005
From journal Washington, D.C., 2005
June 30, 2005
The main hall features milestones in flight, including the actual Apollo 11 Command Module, the X-15 aircraft and the aircraft that circumnavigated the globe without stopping, the Voyager. The Wright flyer used to be front and center, but now is located upstairs in a more informative gallery dedicated to the Wright brothers. Other gallerys are devoted to the Apollo missions, the Hubble Space Telescope and the current Space Station. Kids will love this museum and the many hands-on features, including the chance to touch many artifacts, as well as a moon rock. There is a separate dining area with national fast-food retailers like McDonald's if you need refueling.
From journal An Eight-Day Vacation in Washington, D.C.