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CATEGORY: Mysteries of the Universe

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Online Exhibition

Voyage - A Journey Through Our Solar System Voyage - A Journey Through Our Solar System

This outdoor exhibition brings to life the great distances between the planets through a scale model of our solar system at one ten-billionth actual size .

Online Feature

Apollo: The Apollo Program Apollo: The Apollo Program

Imagery and information from manned Apollo missions.

Geologic Time - The Story of a Changing Earth Geologic Time - The Story of a Changing Earth

Web feature presented by the Natural History Museum's Department of Paleobiolgy.

Heralds of Science Heralds of Science

The Heralds of Science are 200 books and articles selected by Bern Dibner from his collection, as the most significant titles in the formation and development of Western science and technology.

Out of this World Out of this World

Highlights particular moments from the space age that have inspired artists — the beginning of the space age in 1957, sending astronauts to the Moon and back in 1969, seeing the whole Earth from space in 1972, and creating a better picture of our home galaxy in 1992.

Science Highlights at the Smithsonian Science Highlights at the Smithsonian

Explore science at the Smithsonian through video, feature article, photos and more.

Space Scoop Space Scoop

Bringing news from across the Universe to children all around the world. Universe Awareness and the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Suited for Space

Explores the evolution of spacesuit development from the first quarter of the 20th century until the dawn of the shuttle era.

The Dynamic Earth The Dynamic Earth

Since our planet's birth 4.6 billion years ago, rocks have been continually forming and, over time, changing from one kind to another. Explore this online feature about geology, gems, and minerals.

Research Program

Air and Space Museum Research Air and Space Museum Research

The Department of Collections and Research at the National Air and Space Museum consists of five research and curatorial divisions: Archives Division, Collections Division, Aeronautics and Space History Divisions, and the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

Center for Earth and Planetary Studies Center for Earth and Planetary Studies

Performs original research on planetary science, terrestrial geophysics, environmental change.

Center for Education and Museum Studies

Disseminates publications and research developed for the museum community.

Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXC)

Observes X-rays from high energy regions of the universe, such as the remnants of exploded stars.

Global Volcanism Program Global Volcanism Program

The Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program seeks better understanding of all volcanoes through documenting their eruptions — small as well as large — during the past 10,000 years.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Researches astronomy, astrophysics, earth and space sciences and science education.

Laboratory for Visual Learning

The Laboratory for Visual Learning (LVL) is dedicated to the scientific investigation of how sensory information shapes learning in science.

Mineral Sciences Department of the Natural History Musem

Dedicated to the study of minerals, gems, rocks, volcanoes, and meteorites

Smithsonian Insitution Scholarly Press

Continuing the rich history of scholarly publishing by the Smithsonian, including digital publications from the Contributions Series.

Research Resource

Air and Space Museum Archives

Highlights include the Online National Air and Space Museum Directory of Airplanes.

Air and Space Museum Collections Database

View a major aircraft, space objects and engines on display, sortable by name, location and exhibition.


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