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Mission Statement

The National Air and Space Museum shall commemorate the national development of aviation and spaceflight, and will educate and inspire the nation by:

  • Preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight equipment and data of historical interest and significance to the progress of aviation and spaceflight
  • Developing educational materials and conducting programs to increase the public's understanding of, and involvement in, the development of aviation and spaceflight
  • Conducting and disseminating new research in the study of aviation and spaceflight and their related technologies.

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The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the world's largest collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft among some 50,000 artifacts that range in size from Saturn V rockets to jetliners to gliders to space helmets to microchips. The museum is a vital center for historical research on aviation and spaceflight and the related science and technology. It is also home to the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, which performs original research and outreach activities on topics covering planetary science, terrestrial geophysics and the remote sensing of environmental change.

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