Monday Night Event - Oct. 12, 2009
An Evening at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Join us for a walk through the history of aviation and space during our private dinner and museum viewing at the National Air & Space Museum. The museum will be open exclusively for SMS conference attendees during our evening event. Many of the galleries will be open to our guests, take a ride on the flight simulators and you can stop into the IMAX Theater or Planetarium for a private screening in between dinner and networking with colleagues. Click here to see a map of the museum.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. The museum houses hundreds of historic artifacts including the Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The museum is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.
Choose from SpaceWalk, Cosmic Coaster, F-18 Experience or Wings simulations.
SpaceWalk 2004 3D features an orbital journey around the 16 nation International Space Station (ISS). Wings allows visitors to ride on a variety of history's greatest flying machines -- from the Sopwith Camel to the F-5 Tiger. Cosmic Coaster takes riders on a dazzling futuristic journey through the cosmos.
Interactive Flight Simulators
Fly jet-age combat sorties in simulators that let you control the action and perform 360-degree barrel rolls! Try your skills at air-to-air combat in an F-4 Phantom II jet fighter.
Photo courtesy of Chaitu. Text courtesy of Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
The Museum on the National Mall also features several exhibitions covering Earth and planetary studies. Looking at Earth shows visitors how views of our planet from above have helped us to better understand the Earth. Examples of satellite imagery and aerial photography are on display.
- Shuttle Service From Hotel to Museum
- Evening at the National Air & Space Museum
- Shuttle Return From Museum to Hotel