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Story Robert C. “Bob” Mikesh Posted on Mar 18, 2022

Maj. Robert C. “Bob” Mikesh, United States Air Force (ret.), died in February 2022, less than two weeks short of his 94th birthday. Bob was a combat pilot, Smithsonian curator, accomplished author, and a builder of museum-quality aircraft models.

Topics: Aircraft Behind the scenes People Korean War Vietnam War
Story The Iconic Ears of Mr. Spock Posted on Dec 15, 2021

A set of prosthetic ear tips made for Leonard Nimoy to portray Mr. Spock in “Star Trek: The Original Series” have been donated to the Museum by his son Adam Nimoy.

Topics: Spaceflight Society and Culture Science fiction
Story “You Have Left Them Behind”: Jackie Cochran and the T-38 Talon Posted on Dec 03, 2021

Jackie Cochran’s record-setting T-38 Talon is now on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Discover the relationship shared between these two aviation icons.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft People Women Records and Firsts
Story Columbia Comes Home Posted on Nov 23, 2021

With the most recent restoration efforts complete, Apollo 11 command module Columbia was carefully wrapped in multiple layers of protective cover as it prepared to leave the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to journey home. Director Chris Browne reflects on transporting Columbia to the Museum on the National Mall.

Topics: Apollo program Human spaceflight Behind the scenes
Story Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, 1949-2021 Posted on Aug 28, 2021

"Thirty-six years flying fighters!” The Museum reflects on the life of one of the most highly regarded military pilots who passed away on July 24, 2021.

Topics: Aviation Military aviation People
Story Apollo 15 and the Lunar Roving Vehicle: An Interview with Earl Swift Posted on Jul 30, 2021

Earl Swift sought out the full story of the LRV’s origins, development, and traverses  in his new book “Across the Airless Wilds.” In this interview, he tells us he believes the LRV changed everything about the Apollo program.

Topics: Spaceflight Apollo program Human spaceflight Moon (Earth)
Story Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air Posted on May 10, 2021

The new Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery is being carefully planned to provide a poignant and exciting perspective on World War II aviation for new audiences.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft World War II
Story First American In Space: The Flight of Alan B. Shepard Posted on May 05, 2021

On May 5, 1961, a Redstone rocket hurled Alan Shepard’s Mercury capsule, Freedom 7, 116 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Freedom 7 parachuted into the Atlantic just 15 minutes and 22 seconds later, after attaining a maximum velocity of 5,180 mph. Shepard, a Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut, became the first American to fly in space.

Topics: Spaceflight Human spaceflight Mercury program People Missiles
Story The Wright Moment: Ingenuity Prepares for Flight Posted on Apr 09, 2021

Ingenuity, the small, four-pound autonomous aircraft, will attempt the biggest of feats. The Wright brothers lifted their 1903 Flyer off the ground over a century ago and now the Mars Helicopter will attempt the same. Ginny is set to take off from the surface of the Red Planet no earlier than April 14.

Topics: Spaceflight Helicopters Solar System Robotics
Story Change is in the Air: Moving Artifacts Back into the Building Posted on Apr 07, 2021

The National Air and Space Museum marks an important milestone in its renovation project. Moving artifacts back into the west end of the Museum, which has been under renovation for two years.

Topics: Behind the scenes