Exploring the Planets

1979 – Permanent

National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, West Wing, Exploring the Planets, Gallery 207 Floor Plan

This exhibition highlights the history and achievements of planetary exploration, both Earth-based and by spacecraft.

Highlights include:

  • Voyager: full-scale replica of the spacecraft that explored Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in the 1970s and 1980s
  • A Piece of Mars? A meteorite fragment discovered in Antarctica in 1979 and thought to be from Mars
  • Surveyor 3 television camera: retrieved from the surface of the Moon by the Apollo 12 astronauts
  • 3 generations of Mars Exploration Rovers
  • Full-scale model of the New Horizons spacecraft, the first spacecraft to explore Pluto