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Oct 7, 2017. - Mar 11, 2018.

Picturing Innovation

The First 100 Years at NASA Langley

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A researcher inspects a Gemini spacecraft mounted on a sting in the 11-Inch Hypersonic Tunnel in 1962. Courtesy NASA Langley Research Center

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This multiple exposure shows a simulated Moon landing of the Lunar Excursion Module simulator/trainer at Langley's Lunar Landing Research Facility, now a National Historic Landmark.
Courtesy NASA Langley Research Center

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, the Chrysler Museum mined the agency’s photographic archive, selecting pictures that highlight its rich history.

With more than 100 images, the exhibition depicts many of Langley’s pioneering innovations—from pilots testing experimental planes, to engineers operating the facility’s famous wind tunnels, to astronauts preparing to take the first steps on the moon.

A tribute to Langley’s advancements in aviation, atmospheric understanding, and extraterrestrial exploration, Picturing Innovation explores how photographs not only document innovations but also launching them ahead.

The exhibition is on view in the Frank Photography Galleries and Focus Gallery (G. 228-299) through March 11, 2018. Admission is free.

These works are shown in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition In the Box: Elena Damiani's Dust Tail.

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Langley's First Wind Tunnel, ca. 1920
The honeycombed, screened center of this open-circuit air intake for Langley's first wind tunnel ensured a steady, non-turbulent flow of air. Two mechanics pose near the entrance end of the actual tunnel, where air was pulled into the test section through a honeycomb arrangement to smoothen the flow.
Courtesy NASA Langley Research Center

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John H. Glenn, one of the Mercury Seven Astronauts, runs through a training exercise in the Mercury Procedures Trainer at the Space Task Group at Langley Field in 1960.
Courtesy NASA Langley Research Center