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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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Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day! It marks the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which guarantees all American women the right to vote 100 years ago.
Happy #FairfordFriday! This week's history tidbit has to do with the mighty British-built #Concorde ‘002’, which made its maiden voyage from Filton to RAF Fairford in early 1969. The momentous 22-minute flight was piloted by Brian Trubshaw and John Cochrane. Emerging from the cockpit at Fairford, Brian Trubshaw remarked ‘It was wizard – a cool, calm and collected operation’. For the next two and a half years, there was an extensive development programme at RAF Fairford, enabling it to quickly achieve Mach 2 flight – twice the speed of sound. #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
You've heard of #USAFEGRIT by now. You've heard our senior leaders discuss its importance. But how are our Airmen being personally impacted by #GRIT, and how is it connecting Airmen to each other and to the mission? “Operation GRIT is something that needs to be taken outside of the training environment and be applied daily in and out of the work center,” said Staff Sgt. Laura Gonzalez, 501st Combat Support Wing Emergency Management specialist. ”It will help Airmen, but only if the principles and concepts are actively applied and not just a soundbite. Each and every Airman is a leader, which the Air Force needs now more than ever. It takes actions, not a title, to be a leader.” Gonzalez stays #resilient through maintaining balance mentally, spiritually, and physically, focusing on controlling the things she can control, and practicing daily gratitude. Thanks for sharing your perspective! #LightTheWay U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
Last Thursday, we had the pleasure of sitting down with our new 501st CSW Command Chief, CMSgt Dan Keene and his wife, Tina, for an interview as part of our new Leader Talk series. Check out the interview below and watch for our next interview with Col. Jason Schmidt, 501st CSW Vice Commander. #LeaderTalk #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Say hello and congratulations to our newest Airman Leadership School graduates! These Airmen advanced to the next level of their professional military education with flying colors last Friday and are #ready to take on new challenges and responsibilities in the wing. #LightTheWay grads! - Col Wendt Staff Sgt. Esteban Sereseres Senior Airman Brandon Shippee Senior Airman Adam Theriault Senior Airman Garret Gosselin Senior Airman Noah Klink Senior Airmen Scott Marvin (Distinguished Graduate 🌟) Senior Airman Damian Monreal
Congratulations to all of our MSgt Selects! Last Friday, we celebrated their induction into the SNCO tier. Also, a large thank you to everyone that made this event such a success. To view more photos from the ceremony, please click the link below. https://www.flickr.com/photos/501csw/albums/72157710412319781
Welcome to #FairfordFridays, where we'll share a little bit of Fairford's storied history each week in honor of the base's 75th anniversary. Did you know that 54 years ago, the beloved RAF Red Arrows formed at RAF Fairford? The Royal Air Force’s world famous aerobatic team started life in the Cotswolds in 1965. They performed their first display there, and were based at the Gloucestershire airfield until moving just up the road a year later to RAF Kemble in 1966. Stay tuned for more next Friday 😎 #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
Yesterday marked the official start to a unique new program at the 422 Air Base Group. Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Elder, Staff Sgt. Stevens and Senior Airman Diaz, who have been selected to participate in the Brackley Town Council Mayor's Cadet Programme! This is the first time U.S. Visiting Forces in the 501st Combat Support Wing have been given this unique opportunity to serve the commuity of Brackley. The chosen cadets will proudly represent the U.S. military by accompnaying the Mayor at civic and community events throughout the year. We look forward to the start of a unique and lasting partnership! #LightTheWay #StrongPartners Photo credit: Brackley Town Council
Here’s a lesson that CMSAF Wright had to share about making mistakes and being there for our fellow Wingman. #USAFEGRIT
A big shoutout to our 420th Munitions Airmen for their participation in the 2nd annual USAFE Combat Ammunition Production Exercise in Aviano Air Base, Italy last week. Way to represent a Championship Team! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Had a great day with the 421st Air Base Squadron at RAF Menwith Hill! Thanks to our amazing Pathfinders we’ve visited all 7 of our Main Operating Bases in the first 3 weeks…no surprise, across the wing our team is doing amazing things. Looking forward to many more opportunities to see our Airmen in action… incredibly proud to be part of the 501st!! -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
There is an Airman working long hours behind the shadows to protect computer networks from cyberattacks. In his role as the 423rd Communications Squadron's network operations technician, Senior Airman Dorian Stacy works closely with other Air Force coders from RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall, Ramstein Air Base, Germany and more, to find and share solutions that protect our networks, ensuring United States Air Force cybersecurity #readiness. Read more here: https://www.501csw.usafe.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1931604/an-air-force-coders-tale/ #LightTheWay #Pathfinders #AlwaysReady U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
A heartfelt thank you to all the 501st Combat Support Wing #Defenders for keeping us safe! #Pathfinders #LightTheWay
The 501st paid their respects on August 3rd at the re-dedication memorial for the crew of the B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty Bell." The ceremony commemorates the brave men who lost their lives when they crashed near the village of Wymington returning from their mission over Germany 75 years ago. Thank you to the community of Wymington for treating our fallen service members with the same honor and respect as your own. #Pathfinders #LightTheWay #WymingtonRemembers
Today is the 30 day countdown to RAF Fairford's 75th anniversary celebration! RAF Fairford has been utilized by the U.S. Air Force nearly continuously since it was built in 1944 and continues to support the B-52, KC-10, KC-135, B-2, B-1 and other aircraft. We look forward to celebrating the 75th with our RAF counterparts and mission partners! #Fairford75th #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Thanks for our Airmen at RAF Fairford and RAF Welford for hosting Chief Keene and I last week. The work you do is incredibly far-reaching - from enabling global strike out of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa’s only bomber forward operating location to equipping the theatre’s second largest munitions storage facility. It’s great to see the pride you each take in your work on a daily basis. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk Get to know your leadership team! Over the past few weeks, our new wing leadership team visited airmen across the 501st learning the #Pathfinder mission. Now, it's your turn to get to know them. Send us a Facebook message with your questions and we'll select some to ask them in our upcoming #LeaderTalk video series. We'll be accepting questions through the end of the day tomorrow. Ask away! #LightTheWay
#LeaderTalk The immersions continue! Chief Keene and I visited with Airmen from the 422nd Air Base Group yesterday at RAF Croughton. This team fuels our mission by delivering worldwide communications, enabling strike operations and developing combat-ready Airmen. Thanks for all you do. -Col Wendt #LightTheWay
#SMC brings Overhead Persistant Infrared (OPIR) systems down to earth, demonstrating dual military/civilian use and… https://t.co/mMOCp5Z80H
RT @SMC_CC: @SpaceComCC #SMC is geared up to #GetToWork supporting #USSPACECOM! An honor to attend the standup of Space Command, & we @AF_S
#SMC awards $4.9 million Small Rocket Program-Orbital contract for Agile Small Launch Operational Normalizer (ASLON… https://t.co/wfN30A35kR
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Congratulations to our Enlisted Warrior of the Month for August, SSgt Dwayne Cox! We are proud to serve along side… https://t.co/U5b5fXlATD
RT @AFSpace: 37 years ago today, Air Force Space Command was established. We are so happy to have been a part of Space history & look for…
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RT @AFSpace: #OTD in 1956, the first static firing of a Thor rocket engine took place at Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, Califor…
RT @NASAhistory: #OTD in 1961, Ranger 1 launched into orbit on an Atlas-Agena B rocket. The spacecraft never made it to the planned lunar i…
RT @AFSpaceCC: #GPSIIISV02 is already transmitting data to our control center! Congrats @AF_SMC @45thSpaceWing @ulalaunch & @LockheedMartin
Video highlights from this week’s GPS launch. https://t.co/PlF2f7Hiic
ICYMI. Images from yesterday’s successful GPS III launch. https://t.co/vW34zL4PsZ
RT @LockheedMartin: 📍 Route acquired! Signal actually - mission success for the second #GPSIII satellite for @usairforce and @AF_SMC. Thank…
RT @45thSpaceWing: Miss the #GPSIII launch yesterday? Check out some of our photos! 🚀📸 https://t.co/Y2J4brctP7
Congratulations to our SSgt selects! #SpaceStartsHere Travis Austin Anthony Gladski Casey Green Dashaun Malone Ver… https://t.co/i6RA7EZpVK
SMC and its government, industry partners successfully launch GPS III https://t.co/FqGXWrlZrL
Photos from today’s successful GPS III SV 2 launch from SLC-37 at CCAFS aboard a Delta IV. Today’s launch was the… https://t.co/btBvaNx9kZ

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