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The Smithsonians National Air and Space Museum boasts hundreds of icons from the history of flight and space exploration.

It is one of the most-visited museums in the world and home to hundreds of artifacts, including the first Wright brothers' airplane, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module and the space suits worn by the first humans on the moon.

The museum traces, through its exhibits and other functions, the history of engine-powered flight, from the Wright brothers' first success in 1903 at Kitty Hawk, N.C., through current space exploration. Aside from the exhibit collections, which include aeronautical and astronautical items, aircraft and spacecraft, instruments, equipment, and memorabilia, the museum does research, publishes its findings, and contains a library, photographic and manuscript collections, a planetarium, and the Langley Theater which shows films four times a day on aviation and space, on a screen five stories high.
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