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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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