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


This interactive space allows visitors of all ages to become engineers as they work on design challenges, from cleaning up the ocean to creating a flying machine. The hands-on activities inspire students of all ages to use critical thinking skills to solve problems and realize they, too, can be an inventor.


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


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