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Featured Exhibitions

Race at the speed of sound, soar to orbit for a spectacular 360-degree view of Earth and climb aboard a fascinating journey to Mars. From flying cars and supersonic planes to space elevators and mega-rockets, “Above and Beyond” takes you faster, farther and higher for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Explore Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo’s “Art of the Airport Tower” during your visit to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. This featured exhibit takes visitors on a photographic journey to airports in the United States and around the globe.

The first impression travelers have when they reach a new city or country may well be the tower; as such, it is often an embodiment of important symbols and values. Russo explores the varied forms and functions of air traffic control towers through aviation history.

Using precious gems, minerals & metals, artist Kathy Chan interprets the genuine awe of the cosmos and its vibrant oasis, Earth.

Born in China, Kathy Chan grew up in Brazil and studied in England before moving to the U.S. A self-taught jewelry artisan, Chan's instincts and talents have reaped numerous accolades including 14 international awards.

"The horizon is wide and there are no limits in my mind about what I am able to do."
-Kathy Chan

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support System, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below.  

***Admission to all featured exhibits is included with general admission to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® unless otherwise noted.

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