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Exploring the Planets

Exploring the Planets

1979 – Permanent

Air and Space Museum
601 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC

Location: 2nd Floor, West Wing, Exploring the Planets, Gallery 207

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

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