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International Women's Air & Space Museum unveils new exhibits

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM) has two new exhibits celebrating the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS).

November 2, 2020 marked 20 years of continuous human occupation on the ISS.  It was built through a collaboration of 15 nations, including Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

To celebrate this anniversary, the museum recently unveiled two new exhibits highlighting the women who have lived and worked on the ISS for long-duration expeditions. These missions can last from 48 to 340 days, with most ranging between five to seven months.  The exhibits include various items, such as the all-female spacewalk patch, the Peggy Whitson "Wonder Woman" patch (an IWASM exclusive), Sunita Williams' shirt she wore in space, photographs of numerous women on the ISS, and the LEGO ISS set.

The museum offers free admission. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week.  Office, gift shop, and research center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Guided tours are available by calling (216) 623-1111.  Tour group size will be limited to eight guests to comply with current social distancing guidelines.  Masks are required.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center.  The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future. In 1986, the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to Cleveland, Ohio in 1998.  Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week. 

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