Stratospheric Ballooning (Skyhook) Collection
This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, reports, clippings and press kits, mostly centering on the following ballooning topics: Project Skyhook, Project Helios, Stratoscope I and II and Stratolab. There is also material on general ballooning events, the Vanguard satellite and the VTOL.
Corona Program Exhibit Posters Collection
United States. Air Force
The United States' first photographic reconnaissance satellites were designed, launched, and operated as the Corona program by the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Science and Technology, and by the US Air Force. Operating between 1959 and 1972, Corona KH (Keyhole) series satellites provided worldwide photographic coverage, surveying ballistic missile development and nuclear sites of the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. This collection consists of fifteen 20 x 24 inch photographic prints used in a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) conference or press event in 1995, the year that the Corona program was declassified, 35 years after the first successful mission.
Naval Research Laboratory and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Vehicles and Satellites Photography and Film
This .7 cubic foot collection of photography and film was gathered by Wilfred Deac during his stint as an information service officer with the Naval Research Laboratory and then with the Air Force at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), specifically with the Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex (CCMTA). The …
Space Surveillance Fence Program Collection
The Navy Space Surveillance System (NavSpaSur) was developed between 1958 and 1964 by the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the detection and tracking of foreign satellites. Operated by the United States Navy from 1961-2004 and thereafter by the US Air Force until its decommissioning in 2013, the system (known as the Space Fence) had three transmitting sites and six receiving stations across the southern United States. Its radar signals detected active satellites and larger pieces of space debris passing through them at altitudes up to 15,000 miles and helped determine their orbital elements. An improved space surveillance radar on Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific entered service in 2020.
Jacques Tiziou Space Collection
Jacques Tiziou (1939-2017) was a professional journalist and photographer, concentrating on aerospace topics. This collection includes materials from Tiziou's archive of historical documents, photography, and ephemera from the space program (both national and international) as well as his own photography and writings.
Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka
88.55 Linear feet
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is one of the preeminent science-fiction writers of the 20th century.
Florence P. Haseltine High School Yearbook
This item is Florence Haseltine's Burroughs High School yearbook, El Burro, 1960.
This collection is in English.
Mercury Project, Redstone Launch Vehicle Advanced Electrical Schematic Drawings
The Redstone engine is one of the most significant developments in US rocket technology. This collection consists of 36 pages of 17 x 11 inch schematic drawings of the Redstone launch vehicle's advanced electrical systems.
International Ultraviolet Explorer Videohistory Collection
The Smithsonian Videohistory Program, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation from 1986 until 1992, used video in historical research. Additional collections have been added since the grant project ended. Videohistory uses the video camera as a historical research tool to record moving visual information. Video works best in historical research when …
Herbert Stephen Desind Collection
The collection consists of 109 cubic feet of material, primarily photographs with some additional documentation, covering aerospace topics. The bulk of the material relates to US space exploration, including extensive photo files on US manned missions through the Space Shuttle, and satellite and sounding rocket work. The first series consists of unmanned spacecraft material, the second series consists of manned spacecraft material, and the third series consists of aircraft material.