National Air and Space Museum

More rain again this morning.  Once it let up we took the train to Washington DC again. The first thing we saw when we came up from the Metro subway train this morning was a line of food trucks getting ready for the noon lunch rush.  I counted 20 trucks on this street corner.

Washington DC Food Trucks

Washington DC Food Trucks

Our mission today was to visit the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.  We did visit this last year but felt it was definitely worth another visit.

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

We spent hours there looking over the airplanes, the rockets, and exhibits on flight history. So much information.  There were space suit exhibits.  Loved seeing our reflection in the spacesuit helmet.

Spacesuit Helmet

Spacesuit Helmet

Apollo Lunar Module

Apollo Lunar Module

The first monkey in space (1959) is displayed here.  It was sad to see, but it is a part of the space program history.

Rhesus Monkey Able From May 1959 Jupiter Missile Nose Cone Test Flight.

Rhesus Monkey Able From May 1959 Jupiter Missile Nose Cone Test Flight.

We touched a moon rock and then after we thought about all the millions of other people who are touching it we went to wash our hands, haha!

Touch a Moon Rock

Touch a Moon Rock

Of all the 19 or so Smithsonian museums here this is our favorite.  When we were done there we walked around the National Mall some more.  One last picture of the original Smithsonian Castle building.  Now the Smithsonian information and visitor center is in there along with a gift shop and cafe.

Smithsonian Castle

Smithsonian Castle

  • Gasoline Expense:  none
  • Lodging Expense:   $8
  • Transportation & Parking:     $20
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