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Rocket to Mars

Air and Space Museum, Udvar-Hazy Center

Space Shuttle Discovery
Space Shuttle Discovery
Space Shuttle Discovery
Curtiss P40 Warhawk
SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 Blackbird
Mothership Model – Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Bell Rocket Belt No. 2 and Rocket Belt Suit
Fowler-Gage Biplane
Japanese Zero Fighter
Japanese Zero Fighter
Gargoyle missile
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Heroic Pigeon
Mystique of the Harley
After Amputation
Star Spangled Banner
Japanese Zero

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Can liquid fuel take us to Mars?

Or do we need a brand new propulsion technology?

The Smithsonian Institution is home to the largest collection of historic aviation and space artifacts in the world, including the Apollo Lunar Module and the Space Shuttle Discovery. It is also home to many lesser-known artifacts, such as one of the first liquid-fuelled rockets – the Hoopskirt – designed by American space visionary Robert Goddard. Liquid-fuelled rockets eventually got us to the moon. But for men like Goddard, the ultimate dream was to travel deeper into space.

How will Man get to Mars?

Museum Secrets travels to the lab of a former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz to investigate the new rocket technology he believes can get us to Mars in just 39 days. And we’ll find out exactly what Goddard’s Hoopskirt Rocket has to do with Dr. Chang-Diaz’ dream of getting to Mars. 




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