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Sea, Sun, and Space

For nearly a century, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been a focal point of space research and technology development. For sixty of those years, the U.S. Navy has used satellites for reconnaissance, weather and solar observation, communications, and navigation.

This exhibition, featuring models of satellites on loan from NRL, sheds light on exploring and understanding space: how scientic questions can drive technical developments and how engineering feats enable new elds of scientic study. Each of these satellites carried multiple payloads into orbit. Some payloads were scientic instruments designed to understand the space environment, such as spectrometers to track upper atmospheric winds. Other payloads tested prototype technologies, for instance, testing how different atomic clocks functioned in space.

This exhibition traces a century of Navy eorts to use radio, and later satellite, hardware in the space environment. Each satellite model marks a signicant and exciting step in scientic exploration and learning through hands-on engineering experience.



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