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Summary

The National Air and Space Museum opens on the Mall. The ribbon-cutting was accomplished by an electrical impulse that originated in the Viking spacecraft then nearing Mars, burning the ribbon. The ceremony was attended by Michael Collins, director of the Museum, President Gerald Ford, Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Chancellor Warren Burger, Secretary S. Dillon Ripley, and many others. The building was designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum with a modern open design to accommodate the large aircraft and rockets.

Subject

  • Ripley, Sidney Dillon 1913-2001
  • Burger, Warren E. 1907-
  • Collins, Michael 1930-
  • Ford, Gerald R. 7/14/1913-12/26/2006
  • Obata, Gyo 1923-
  • Rockefeller, Nelson A (Nelson Aldrich) 1908-1979
  • Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Air Museum (U.S.)
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • United States President

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • Torch, 8/1976, p. 1-2, 8
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7098, "S. Dillon Ripley Chronology"

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 1, 1976

Topic

  • Aeronautics
  • Secretaries
  • Openings
  • Viking Mars Program
  • Architecture
  • Buildings
  • Design
  • Dignitaries
  • Major Events in Smithsonian History
  • Exhibitions
  • New Museums
  • Judges
  • Secretariats
  • Astronautics
  • Architecture--Design and plans

Place

Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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