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The U.S. Air Force in Space

Since the beginning of the space age after World War II, the U.S. Air Force has provided technical expertise and leadership in developing and using space technology to preserve national security.

The USAF has been a leader in missiles, astronautics and orbital technology. It has developed, launched and controlled satellites of all kinds; maintained the nation’s nuclear deterrent; and provided skilled Airmen for NASA’s astronaut corps. Air Force expertise in weather, navigation, reconnaissance, communications, aerospace medicine, missile and rocket maintenance and launch, and many other fields, continues to enhance American air, space and cyberspace power. The museum's Space Gallery highlights the USAF’s many achievements on the “High Frontier.”

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