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From: Warsaw, Poland
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posted 08-16-2009 09:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for teopze   Click Here to Email teopze     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are there space-related sights in Washington, DC and the surrounding area?


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posted 08-16-2009 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Museum is a must see!


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posted 08-17-2009 06:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Freedom 7 is located at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, about 30 miles from the National Air and Space Museum (NASM).

Goddard Space Flight Center is about 15 miles from NASM.

The NASA headquarters building is just a few blocks away from NASM.

Arlington National Cemetery is about 5 miles away.

If you've got a little more time for driving, the Virginia Air & Space Center, Air Power Park, and Langley Research Center (which no longer has a visitor center on-site) are all in Hampton, Virginia, a bit over 3 hours' drive away.

And if you take the long way back to DC from Hampton, you could stop off at Wallops Island.

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posted 02-14-2010 03:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fartner   Click Here to Email fartner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I like to share this picture with you of NASA Headquarters, circa 1983 (83-H-635):


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posted 02-14-2010 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting shot from 1983! However, NASA HQ got consolidated into one new (as of then) building in the early 1990's. It is now at 300 E St SW. In the photo, it is on the spot of a parking lot along the side of I-395. The lobby displays and gift shop are open to the public.

Another good site that is more aviation related than space related is the College Park (MD) Aviation Museum at the site of the Wright Bros test field from around 1910. There's also an early helicopter (a Neuport biplane fitted with about umpteen rotors with drive chains running all over the airplane) that would scare the bejeebers out of any modern day pilot!


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posted 02-15-2010 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are of course are a number of astronaut grave sites at Arlington National Cemetery, but you can also visit Werner von Braun's grave site at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Va.


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posted 02-15-2010 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Missing from the above lists is the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, DC. I believe this is still the most popular museum in the world based on number of people visiting every year.

In it you'll find the Apollo 11 Command Module "Columbia", Gemini IV, Friendship 7, LM-2, the second Skylab Orbital Workshop, a full-size Apollo-Soyuz docked configuration, an engineering backup of the Hubble Space Telescope (as well as one of the cameras that was retrieved on STS-125), SpaceShip One, the Wright Brothers' Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, an X-15...too many priceless treasures to list here.

No space enthusiast should come anywhere near Washington DC without planning to spend at least a couple of hours at the NASM.

Lou Chinal

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posted 02-15-2010 03:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know I'm showing my age but NASA used to have a history office at 8221 Westchester Dr. Vienna, Va. 22180. Lee D. Saegesser was the NASA archivist.


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posted 02-15-2010 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good memory Lou! That history office also got consolidated into the current NASA HQ building. Lee's a great guy! He retired 5 - 10 years ago.


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posted 04-13-2010 04:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fezman92   Click Here to Email Fezman92     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Monday I got the chance to go to DC and visit NASA HQ. It's a really cool place from what I could see.

When you walk in they have an Apollo suit and a modern suit, both in display cases naturally. Their library is cool and we got a little tour of the library. They showed us some of the neat things they have like an anti-matter detector from the ISS.

On the security desk they had a binder with the phone numbers/employee directory which I would have loved to look through but it was at the security desk.

At the end of the library, they had a room with a bunch of free stuff and some books for sale. For free I got the following:

  • Apollo 30th Anniversary coin containing metal from a Saturn V launch tower
  • 2 Glory stickers
  • A book: 'NASA 50 Years of Exploration and Discovery'
  • Another book: 'NASA's Nuclear Frontier: The Plum Brook Reactor Facility' signed by both authors
  • Expedition 5, STS-101, STS-117, STS-118, STS-122, STS-127 crew photos/lithos
  • Signed photo of Steven Swanson
  • A poster commemorating Apollo
  • Photos of Eric Boe, Shane Kimbrough, and an old one of Shannon Lucid
Oddly enough they didn't have any crew photos of the more recent missions, although they may have had them and I could have missed it.

Overall it was worth the half hour walk. Would go back when I get the chance. I'll put photos up this weekend.


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posted 11-14-2010 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MB   Click Here to Email MB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My son and I visited the library/History Office at NASA Headquarters last weekend and had a great time. The people there were very friendly and really took care of us. My son was able to get the latest STS-133 patch sticker and crew litho as well as several monograms of the following:
  • X-15
  • Human Spaceflight Chronology
  • Unmanned spacecraft mission chronology
  • Augustine Report
  • Human Mars Mission studies
In addition, while I was talking to one of the gentleman at the library about the curation of various historic NACA/NASA publications, a second person there was gracious enough to explain to my son the various (and numerous) models of manned and unmanned spacecraft that they had on display. They also showed us the first AMS instrument to fly on the ISS which is the predecessor to the AMS to fly on STS-134. Pretty cool!!

In the lobby was a shuttle launch/reenty suit as well as Frank Borman's suit. It was interesting that his suit was displayed with a PLSS backpack, given that it wasn't used on Apollo 8. Overall I would definitely recommend a visit there to any cS readers!!


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posted 11-01-2011 09:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BMckay   Click Here to Email BMckay     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I will be in DC and could use some advise.

I just went to Udvar-Hazy Center this past spring so is there anything new there or at the downtown National Air and Space Museum? I will only be down there one day and really only for a few hours so I want to see one or the other.


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posted 11-01-2011 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope to be in Washington D.C. sometime next June. Do you think they will have a shuttle orbiter by then?

Robert Pearlman

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posted 11-01-2011 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As of today (literally, a meeting held this morning about the logistics moving Discovery and Enterprise), April 12 remains the target date for Discovery's arrival at the Udvar-Hazy Center. So, yes by June, Discovery should be on display.

Lou Chinal

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posted 11-01-2011 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Speaking of NASM, be sure to check out the library on the 3rd floor. Not to many people know about it and you have to call ahead for reservations but it's worth it.

For the modelers out there it is the largest collection I have ever seen.

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