The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is one of the most popular museums in the world, with over 9 million visitors annually. I have divided this photo tour of the Museum into two parts, "Air" and "Space".
So here is a photo tour of the "Space" exhibits.
The Air and Space Museum, "Milestones of Flight" hallway.
The first liquid-fueled rocket by John Goddard.
Cutaway view of an early liquid rocket by John Goddard.
German V-2 rocket. In front of it is the much smaller American WAC Corporal.
Early rockets--a German V-1 "buzzbomb", an American Vanguard, a Jupiter C, and a Minuteman III nuclear ICBM.
On the right, an American Pershing II medium-range nuclear missile. On the left, a Soviet SS-20 "Saber" medium-range missile with three nuclear warheads.
Nuclear payload of SS-20.
X-15 rocket plane used by NASA for high-altitude research.
Spacesuit worn by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, 1961.
The Friendship 7 Mercury spaceship used by John Glenn to orbit the earth, 1962.
A spacesuit worn by Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first person to walk in space, 1965.
The Gemini IV spaceship used by Ed White to make the first American spacewalk, 1965.
Saturn V rocket main engines.
That's me in front of the Apollo 11 Command Module that took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon, 1969.
The American Apollo spacecraft.
Apollo spacesuit worn on the moon.
Apollo Lunar Module.
Exhibit of moon rocks from Apollo missions.
Volcanic basalt rock from the moon.
A Soviet Soyuz spacecraft.
American Skylab, the US's first space station, 1973.
Apollo Command Module used by Skylab 4 crew.
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, a joint American-Soviet mission in 1975, during which the American Apollo docked with the Soviet Soyuz.
M2-F3 Lifting Body test plane. Used to do early research on the Space Shuttle concept.
Descent module from a Soviet Soyuz TM spacecraft.
Hubble Space Telescope backup.
Backup mirror from Hubble Space Telescope.
Spaceship One, the first privately-owned manned spacecraft, 2004.