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Space, Science and Technology

Tucson Area Attractions

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Kitt Peak National Observatory

The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation, is home to 22 optical and two radio telescopes representing dozens of astronomical research institutions. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), funded by the National Science Foundation, oversees site operations on Kitt Peak. Explore the Visitor Center exhibits and gift shop to learn about astronomy. Take a tour and discover how astronomers use telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the Universe. Visit the National Solar Observatory exhibit gallery and watch scientists operate the world’s largest solar telescope.

State Rte. 86 (Ajo Way)
(520) 318-8726
18 minutes; 11 miles

Pima Air & Space Museum

Largest aviation and space museum west of the Rockies. See 250+ aircraft. Exhibits from Wright brothers to space travel.

6000 E. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
16 minutes; 9.6 miles