Close Encounters of the Third Kind’s Mothership

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, is dedicated to all the real-world wonders of aeronautics and space exploration, but it also has a few science fiction items as well, including a display on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie, the George Lucas-autographed R2-D2 mailbox and the rocket-shaped World Science Fiction Society Achievement Award given to Golden Age science fiction author and influential rocketry proponent Willy Ley.

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Most fascinating, is the presence of the original model for the mothership in Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which was crafted into a grayscale thing of beauty out of random model parts.

Extremely detailed and about the size of a stack of ten pizza boxes, it’s one of the few pieces that could outshine the actual works of legendary human achievement that it’s surrounded by.

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