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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.
Lake Forest, California
November 20, 2006
From journal Washington, D.C.
January 16, 2006
From journal Visiting the Smithsonian While Studying in DC
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.
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
December 31, 2004
My favorite parts: The WW II room, with some of the planes from the war, and The Air at Sea area, which is set up like an aircraft carrier, including a mock-up of a conning tower. There is one room that describes how planes work. In this area, visitors can use computers to design their own aircraft. There's also a video running continuously here of Sid Ceasar and Imogene Cocoa from "Your Show of Shows," depicting the breaking of the sound barrier. It's a classic clip. There's one room dedicated to the moon missions and all the pre-shuttle missions, with a description of all the missions and crews. Here they also have a booster cone from a Saturn V rocket, and with mirrors; the museum does a good job showing visitors the enormity of the booster used to deliver men to the moon. There are Apollo units and Soyuz capsules that never made it into space, as well as the actual capsule Friendship 7, which was John Glenn's spaceship. One of my ultimate favorite things is actually in the lower level of the gift shop: The original model of the U.S.S. Enterprise from the "Star Trek" TV show. It used to be in another favorite room that compared fact to fiction and brainstorming to reality. So many objects I've read about and cherished are all in this one building. Over the years, there have been slight changes and some great temporary exhibits, but in the end, the permanent items are the ones that really fancy my imagination.
From journal Lincoln Bedroom? Yeah, right.
April 27, 2004
We drove in after lunch; free parking along the Mall can be TIGHT. The museum closes at 5pm, but a lot of parking spots open up around 3pm. Some Government employees will work 6am-3pm to minimize the impact of rush hour. That only gives you two hours to visit things, though.
The Metro may be a better deal, though. There are lots of Metro stops in the area.
The outside of the museum has a neat example of the planets. At one end is the Sun. The next stop (it will say how many steps away) is Mercury. Everything is in proportion so you can see the size/distance between each of the planets and the sun.
The museum is full of actual planes, jets, and rockets. There are several different areas one focuses on the planets and what we know about each of them. The Albert Einstein planetarium and flight simulator are fun to see.
Lockheed Martin has an IMAX theater in the museum. If you're going to visit, check out the showings before you go so you don't miss out on a show. Smithsonian Shows
There's a dining area with McDonald's, a pizza place, and Boston Market. Most of the places are priced similar to airport dining options; don't look for a dollar menu. If you're walking on a hot day, there are lots of signs saying NO FOOD or DRINK, but we always have snacks and a bottle of water with us. You don't want to be in DC and need a bottle of water... cha-ching.
You can't visit DC without spending some time on the Mall. If you hit the Mall, the Air & Space Museum is definitely a place to make it to!!
You can see more about the museum at their web site: Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
From journal Visiting Washington DC
by Rose (Bud)
December 7, 2003
If you're interested, you can stay on for the star talk, highlighting the night sky at any place and time of your choosing. In December, after Thanksgiving weekend's rush, we had the planetarium almost to ourselves, and the museum was quiet enough that we could see everything at a relaxed pace.
From journal Decemberin D.C.