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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

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    Education Alley Spring 20122012 Mars Rover Celebration-1Students at AIAA booth at USA Science and Engineering FestivalUSA Science and Engineering Festival 2012-1USA Science and Engineering Festival 2012-2
    AIAA introduces students to Discovery during the Welcome Ceremony at the National Air & Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
    The 2012 Mars Rover Celebration at the University of Houston
    Students at the AIAA booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
    AIAA NCS member Walter Hussey explains principles of flight to students at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
    AIAA NCS member demonstrates space suit gloves to a future astronaut

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    What is Aerospace Engineering?

    K-12-LogoAerospace engineering is the branch of engineering focused on the design, construction, and testing of aircraft and spacecraft. It is broken into two major overlapping disciplines: aeronautical engineering (for vehicles that stay within Earth’s atmosphere) and astronautical engineering (for vehicles that travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere). Aerospace engineering applies the fascinating science behind the forces of nature and the physical properties of aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft.  Visit for a video describing aerospace engineering.

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