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The Armillary Sphere (aka The Space Motif), one of the monuments within the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif.The Space and Missile Systems Center Heritage Center is currently a field heritage activity for the National Museum of the Air Force. It is a complex of historical exhibits and monuments to Air Force space and missile development, located both indoors and outside.

Most of the historical exhibits are contained within the main ground floor lobbies of the Space and Missile Systems Center headquarters buildings of the Schriever Space Complex at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. 

The SV-5D/X-23 PRIME (Precision Recovery Including Maneuvering Entry) unmanned lifting body display, along with The "Rock," Armillary Sphere (aka The Space Motif), Gen. Schriever Memorial and Wall of Honor are located outside.

The SMC Heritage Center preserves the rich aerospace history of the Los Angeles County area mainly centering on the United States Air Force military space programs and contributions to civilian space capabilities.

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Space Test Program 
STP Artifacts 
1st Generation Air Force Ballistic Missiles 
2nd Generation Air Force Ballistic Missiles 
Early Air Force Launch Vehicles 
Later Air Force Launch Vehicles 
Current Air Force Launch Venicles 
USAF Support to NASA 
Early Reconnaissance Satellites 
Defense Meteorological Satellites 
Military Satellite Communications 
Infrared Early Warning Systems 
Long Duration Exposure Facility 
Global Positioning System 
Global Positioning System Space Segment 
Space Debris 
USAF Space Pioneers 
SMC Trailblazers 
History of the Titan Launch Vehicle 
General Bernard A. Shriever 
History of USAF Recovery Capsules 

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RIAT 2018 Recap - Another Successful Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Thank you to all of our special guests and aeronautics fans for joining the 501st CSW and RAF in celebrating the Royal Air Force's 100th year anniversary. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157697433861941
#Pathfinders, A recent grass fire near one of our military family housing areas served as a reminder about fire safety. Though no individuals were hurt, it’s always important to know how to reach the various fire departments across the 501st. We've had unbelievably warm and dry weather these last four weeks. However, with it came the increased risk for fire. Monitor your BBQ grills and fire pits closely. Ensure cigarettes are extinguished and disposed of properly, not flicked into grass or out of a car window. Be vigilant if you burn your yard debris. A moment of carelessness can quickly get out of hand and put you, your family, and others at risk. Take a moment to inspect your home fire extinguisher. If you don't have one, local hardware stores carry them for £12-£25 based on bottle size. Also, ensure you and your family know how to reach the on and off base fire departments in the event of an emergency. If you’re not sure, you can visit the 501st Phone Directory at www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/Contact-Us/Phone-Directory. Enjoy the fantastic summer weather and be safe! From your 501st Combat Support Wing Fire and Emergency Services Flights
Today was the last day of the fantastic #RIAT18! The weekend was three nonstop days of airpower displays by the United States Air Force, Royal Air Force, and many other NATO partners, allied nations, and others from around the world. We'll see you all again next year at RAF Fairford for #RIAT19! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa The Royal International Air Tattoo AFN Europe Royal Air Force
The 501st Combat Support Wing supported more than 170,000 people from around the world for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, July 13 to 15. 501st CSW personal stood up and manned a fully operational Emergency Operations Team, provided meals and housing for volunteers working at RIAT and ran security for the U.S. Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. To read more click the link below: http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1575134/riat-2018-showcases-f-35a-us-uk-relations/
The past two days of #RIAT18 showcased incredible airpower, international partnership and the unique bond between the U.S. and the U.K. As the sun rises over the third and final day, we're #ready to see what's in store. #AirTattoo | U.S. European Command (EUCOM) | United States Air Force | U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa | U.S. Embassy London | The Royal International Air Tattoo
The skies are heating up at #RIAT18! RAF Fairford played host to impressive aerial displays celebrating the 100th birthday of the RAF and the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe The Royal International Air Tattoo Royal Air Force United States Air Force
American airpower is on display at #RIAT18! The F-35A Lightning II lit up the skies above RAF Fairford on Day 1 of RIAT! U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa AFN Europe
#Pathfinders, Please be advised of the demonstrations surrounding London July 12-14 and be cautious of the potential for delays and protests. Additionally, please plan ahead for potential delays in the area surrounding Blenheim Crescent. Continue to monitor STEP notifications and social media for more updates as they come.
Good afternoon! If you're planning to attend #RIAT18, please heed the message below about fire safety. Remember, no smoking on grass areas and no BBQs. Please make sure to dispose of any smoking materials appropriately. It looks like we'll have warm weather this weekend, so don't forget to bring sunscreen and stay hydrated for the best possible experience. See you soon!
RAF Fairford is about to get busy - just the way we like it! Stay tuned for all the up-close #RIAT18 action this weekend. ✈️
The 501st is crushing it on the Alpha Warrior rig right now! 💪👊
Lt. Col. Christopher Lovett relinquished command of the 426th Air Base Squadron to Lt Col. Shawn Beskar during the Change of Command Ceremony at Stavanger, Norway, July 6, 2018. To read more about the CoC please click the links below: http://www.jwc.nato.int/index.php/jwcmedia/news-archive/684-426th-air-base-squadron-changes-command http://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1569373/426abs-change-of-command/
It's here! RAF Alconbury's 4th of July celebration is happening tonight, fireworks and everything. We'll see you out there!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Mathew Ramstack for taking command of the 422nd Air Base Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Maj. Chin Hsu for taking command of the 423rd Civil Engineer Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Robert Heil for taking command of the 422nd Medical Squadron. Welcome to the 501st!
The 423rd Air Base Group is hosting a Bone Marrow Donors Recruitment Drive June 25 to 29. See the attached photo for more details.
RAF Alconbury - Civic Leader Tour: Civic leaders from across the districts of Cambridgeshire, East Northamptonshire and Fenland visited with members of the 423rd Air Base Group and U.S. mission partners, where they had the opportunity to build on relations and learn more about the 501st Combat Support Wing mission. A special thanks to all of the civic leaders for making it a memorable visit. For more photos please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157670323178788
Congratulations to Lt. Col. Olexis Perez for taking command of the 422nd Communications Squadron!
RT @NatReconOfc: #OTD: Aug. 18, 1960 -- Discoverer 14 (the first successful operational CORONA mission) collected the first reconnaissance…
RT @AFSpace: Here’s the answer for this morning’s #TriviaTuesday question! Was the Defense Support Program on your radar??? #SpaceFact http…
RT @AFSpace: It's #TriviaTuesday! Time to test your #spaceawareness with this week's Space Awareness Trivia! If you know the answer, commen…
RT @AFSpace: #OTD 1960 the first recovery of a man-made object from orbit occurred. #SpaceFact https://t.co/5h9NitrIvj
RT @ulalaunch: Launch highlights! ULA’s #DeltaIVHeavy blasts off with the #ParkerSolarProbe mission for NASA 🚀🛰☀️ https://t.co/hDBVj3MjWj
RT @nasahqphoto: The @ulalaunch #DeltaIVHeavy, with the Parker #SolarProbe onboard, launches to the Sun! Follow the link to more images as…
RT @NASASocial: We’re signing off from the #ParkerSolarProbe launch! To follow @NASA’s launch to explore the inner workings of our nearest…
Flashback to yesterday's tower roll ahead of the launch of NASA's Parker solar probe aboard a Delta IV Heavy from C… https://t.co/P9V7UoZYKm
More than a Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr's frequency hopping led to developments in MILSATCOM vital to the US & i… https://t.co/c79DmBJVt5
RT @NatReconOfc: #OTD: A @USNavy team retrieves the Discoverer 13 capsule Aug. 11, 1960, making it the first man-made object recovered from…
RT @ulalaunch: The #DeltaIV Parker #SolarProbe countdown is in a planned hold, which we are extending by 20 minutes to allow additional tim…
Members of the LA @af_smc @usairforce and their civilian industry partners @lockheedmartin @AerospaceCorp come toge… https://t.co/io6c41u8di
AEHF-4 is on the road to launch in October with blanket signing. https://t.co/Odup5FTGF7 via @youtube
Partners in Space, Partners in Signature: An AEHF Tradition https://t.co/lwRJ9oUMEF
RT @AFSpace: How well do you know your #SpaceFacts? https://t.co/TDW6Ls3pKc
RT @ulalaunch: Highlights from the 2018 Student Rocket Launch…starring our mascot Rockey! @BallAerospace #StudentsRockit https://t.co/nWtwS…
RT @SpaceX: Static fire test of Falcon 9 complete—targeting August 7 launch of Merah Putih from Pad 40 in Florida.
RT @AFSpace: Here’s the answer for this morning’s #TriviaTuesday question! Was @30thSpaceWing on your radar??? #SpaceFact https://t.co/5yOx…
RT @AFSpace: It's #TriviaTuesday! Time to test your #spaceawareness with this week's Space Awareness Trivia! If you know the answer, commen…

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