“Suited for Space”

  • A full-pressure suit is a form-fitting, fully pressurized garment that surrounds the wearer with pressurized oxygen. It uses about 3 pounds of pressure per square inch on the body when inflated, creating a mobile, Earth-like atmosphere.


“Moving Beyond Earth” Interactive Displays

Why use interactives? National Air and Space Museum visitors say they want to “experience” spaceflight and to learn what “it’s really like.” This gallery aims to respond to that yearning to participate in spaceflight while earthbound. IMAX films have given millions of viewers the virtual experience of spaceflight.

“Moving Beyond Earth” Curators

Roger D. Launius is a senior curator in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Between 1990 and 2002 he served as chief historian of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

National Museum of African American History and Culture: Edisto Island Slave Cabin

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired a historic slave cabin from the antebellum period, located at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. The museum is currently conducting research on the cabin, the history of the Point of Pines Plantation and the lives of African Americans associated with the site.

“Time and Navigation”

Title: “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There”

Opening April 12, National Mall building, Gallery 213

Presented in collaboration with the National Museum of American History

“Time and Navigation” Interactives and Website

Interactives offer visitors a more participatory experience. By engaging in role-playing activities based on solid educational content, people of all ages can simulate for a few minutes “what it’s really like” and at the same time increase their understanding of technologies now taken for granted.

Highlights of Thomas Jefferson Objects in the Smithsonian Collection

This fall and winter, the Smithsonian will present two exhibitions about Thomas Jefferson. “Jefferson’s Bible: The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth,” is open through May 28, 2012. “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” will be open Jan. 28 through Oct.