Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum – Washington DC

Mural of Astronaut holding American Flag on moon

On our visit to Washington DC last summer, we visited both locations for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  The one located within the city has over 150,000 square feet of exhibition space yet there is still a second location for the ‘larger’ artifacts.  There was so much to see in all of the Smithsonian museums.  For someone who isn’t necessarily a huge aviation nut, it was still so fascinating.

List of Requirements to be a NASA Astronaut

Currently I meet two out of the five (supposedly basic) requirements to be an astronaut for the United States.

Jet Propulsion Close-up

Black and White Propeller

Breitling Orbiter 3,

This is the Breitling Orbiter 3, the first balloon to fly around the world non-stop in 1999.  Their safety font was a little on the small side for my liking.

Reflection in Mercury Friendship

Our reflection in “Friendship 7”, the Mercury spacecraft piloted by John Glenn that was the successful first attempt by NASA to place an astronaut in orbit.

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