The first of the Smithsonian’s museums in the D.C. area reopened Wednesday. The Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, is back in business. Jeremy Kinney, associate director for research and curatorial affairs, told that the center hasn’t been open since last fall due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to wtop.com, "Kinney said a lot of preparation went into making sure the staff was ready to welcome the public back, as well as getting safety protocols in place, “but also making sure that all the artifacts are clean, that they can be seen, that the walkways are wide and open so people can have their space.” One of the new things is a display commemorating the life of astronaut Michael Collins, who orbited the moon alone while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their historic first steps on the lunar surface. Collins died April 28." As per wtop.com, "Steve Klinkaman, who’s retired from the Air Force, traveled from Missouri with his wife and said he was excited to see the space shuttle and the SR71 Blackbird. “We’re excited. We couldn’t wait to come out,” Klinkaman said. “I think we’re hoping it’s a sign of what’s to come. We were in Washington, D.C., yesterday, and we’re hoping that the museums as well open up down there, so it’ll be great.” Rebecca Middleton and Ben Savage made their way to the museum from Massachusetts. “I describe it as Disneyland for some people,” Savage said, adding that they got the first tickets available."
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