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March 18, 2022
Robert C. “Bob” Mikesh
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.
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US Air Force Major Robert C. Mikesh poses standing on access ladder of Martin B-57B Canberra
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December 15, 2021
The Iconic Ears of Mr. Spock
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.
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Leonard Nimoy's Spock ear tips
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December 03, 2021
“You Have Left Them Behind”: Jackie Cochran and the T-38 Talon
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.
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A white T-38 Talon aircraft with orange on the tip of the edges view from a side angle.
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November 23, 2021
Columbia Comes Home
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.
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A truck on a public road with other vehicles behind it as carries a large white triangular object with the city view in the background.
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August 28, 2021
Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, 1949-2021
"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.
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Medium-shot portrait of Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass
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July 30, 2021
Apollo 15 and the Lunar Roving Vehicle: An Interview with Earl Swift
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.
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The Apollo 15 lunar roving vehicle (LRV) covered over 17 miles while traveling on the surface of the Moon.
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May 10, 2021
Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air
The new Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery, scheduled to open in 2025, is being carefully planned to provide a poignant and exciting perspective on World War II aviation for new audiences.
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Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery
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May 05, 2021
First American In Space: The Flight of Alan B. Shepard
Sixty years ago, 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.
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President John F. Kennedy presents award to Alan Shepard
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April 09, 2021
The Wright Moment: Ingenuity Prepares for Flight
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.
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Perseverance rover looks at Ingenuity as it prepares for its maiden flight
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April 07, 2021
Change is in the Air: Moving Artifacts Back into the Building
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.
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Aircraft hanging in under construction gallery with people in yellow construction vests in the background