Collection Facts

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2034 items
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Historical Context

Spaceflight – Although Long Island has long been known as the ‘Cradle of Aviation’, it has also had a long and important involvement with the American Space program. From locally built rockets and missiles in the 1940’s and 50’s, to the world’s first space telescope and ultimately the Project Apollo Lunar Module and Space Shuttle, Long Island has been a major player in America’s space adventure. The first steps on another world were made possible by a vehicle built by the hands of Long Islanders.

Scope of Collection

Images range from Long Island-produced rockets and missiles, to the Project Apollo Lunar Module, the Space Shuttle, and beyond.