Gallery: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: America's Aerospace Treasures

Space Shuttle Discovery Lands at Dulles Airport

Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Space Shuttle Discovery, mounted on top of the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, lands at Washington-Dulles International Airport at 11:05 am on April 17, 2012. Its new home, the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, is in the background.

Space Shuttle Discovery on Display

Mark Avino, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Space Shuttle Discovery on display in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA on April 20, 2012. Discovery was installed on April 19, 2012.

Two Amazing Flying Machines: Lockheed SR-71 and Space Shuttle Enterprise

Dane Penland, Smithsonian Institution

Shown in this 2006 photo are two of the most popular artifacts at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (foreground) in the Boeing Aviation Hangar and Space Shuttle Enterprise (background) in the James S. McDonnell Space Hangar. Enterprise was replaced by Space Shuttle Discovery in 2012.

Neil Armstrong's Gloves & Visor Neil Armstrong's Gloves & Visor — Apollo 11 Artifacts Apollo 11 Artifacts

Smithsonian Institution / Dane Penland

The extra-vehicular (EV) gloves and lunar visor assembly worn by Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon are temporarily on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia in honor of his death.

HEXAGON Spysat Rear Engine View

Roger Guillemette/

A close look at the rear engine used on the National Reconnaissance Office's HEXAGON spy satellites during a display at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport, Va., on Sept. 17, 2011.

Giant HEXAGON Spy Satellite Revealed

Roger Guillemette/

The massive KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite on display at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center, after being declassified on Sept. 17, 2011. Longer than a school bus at 60 feet in length and weighing 30,000 pounds at launch, 20 KH-9 Hexagons were launched by the National Reconnaissance Office between 1971 and 1986.

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