Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was an inspirational scientist. The institution she founded, Sally Ride Science, continues to organize camps and festivals for aspiring female astronauts. Perhaps there will come a day when we all can travel to the International Space Station. Until then, and in honor of Ride, who died last week, here are a few places to enjoy the history of space and flight.
The Air and Space Museum on the National Mall is home to the 1903 Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 module. The craft are among the most famous of the artifacts that tell the U.S. history of flight. While in the area, head to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in the suburb of Chantilly, Va., near Washington Dulles International Airport. There you can see the retired Space Shuttle Discovery as well as exhibits of missiles, rockets and commercial aviation. For details: airandspace.si.edu/udvarhazy.
The Museum of Flight's collection includes more than 150 historically significant aircraft and spacecraft, including the B-17 Bomber, a Concorde supersonic jet, the largest aviation and space library and archives on the West Coast, plus the Space Shuttle Trainer, a full-scale mockup of the orbiter. On weekends through August, families may attend the Family Flight Academy, which includes a test of the flight simulation lab, or Family Space Academy, which provides hands-on with a Martian Rover. For details: Call 206-764-5720 or visit http://www.museumofflight.org.
If you find yourself in Russia, visit the Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a titanium sculpture shaped like a rocket going into the sky. The monument was built in 1964 to celebrate the space achievement, including the launches of satellites and spacecraft. The Memorial Museum of Astronautics is located at the base of the obelisk. There are busts of the cosmonauts who participated in the former Soviet space program.
For more details: Visit http://www.space-museum.ru/.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times