What To See At The Smithsonian’s Air And Space Museum ReopeningJen DiMascio October 06, 2022
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum reopens on Oct. 14 with eight new galleries full of interactive exhibits, new artifacts and old ones as well. It is a more inclusive museum than in the past—featuring the WR-3 air racer built by Neal Loving, the first African American certified to race, and a T-38 flown by Jackie Cochran, the first woman to break the sound barrier. See the Apollo 11 command module, along with Alan Shepard’s Mercury spacesuit and a room dedicated to the 1903 Wright Flyer, with acoustics that evoke the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. And for sci-fi fans, a full-size X-Wing Starfighter from “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” is on loan from Lucasfilm.