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May 10, 2015
Happy Mother's Day
On Sunday, May 10, the United States and many other countries will be celebrating Mother’s Day. Several National Air and Space Museum Archives collections contain photographs of aviators and their mothers. Here are a few.
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Lindbergh Poses with Mother
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May 04, 2015
Archiving the Arthur C. Clarke Collection
The National Air and Space Museum Archives recently had the honor of receiving the Arthur C. Clarke Collection. My colleague, space history curator Martin Collins, recently wrote a post about the importance of these materials. As an acquisition archivist for the Museum, I accompanied Martin to Sri Lanka to pack up this historic collection and ensure its safe transfer to our care.
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Arthur C. Clarke Materials
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April 30, 2015
The Last Hours of MESSENGER
Today, the MESSENGER spacecraft will succumb to the influence of gravity and impact on the surface of Mercury
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Mercury’s Enterprise Rupes
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April 11, 2015
Cherry Blossoms at the National Air and Space Museum
When the vernal equinox in Washington, DC, is accompanied by a cold, wet day, it’s hard to imagine that spring is actually here. But over the last few weeks the nation's capital, has been celebrating one of its biggest annual events—the National Cherry Blossom Festival. But did you know the National Air and Space Museum has some cherry blossoms of its own?
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Cherry Blossoms at the Hazy Cente
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April 06, 2015
On Base in Malir
It’s that time of year again! 
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KAB Baseball Field
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February 13, 2015
Scoffing at Superstition
Friday the Thirteenth always puts me in the mood to listen to Stevie Wonder's hit, “Superstition.” Although I’m not particularly superstitious, I’m probably not going to take chances like a group of aviation cadets did at the Air Corps Training Detachment, Hawthorne School of Aeronautics, Orangeburg, South Carolina, in February of 1942.
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Aviation Cadets Scoff at Superstition
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December 22, 2014
Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
Washington, DC, always awaits its first real snow day with anticipation and trepidation. I was curious what the National Air and Space Museum collections had in the way of snow activities.
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Gatchina Military Flying School Cadet
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November 22, 2014
The Art of the Wooden Scrapbook
Although many photos and memories are going digital, scrapbooking is still a big pastime in America.  You can go to any craft store and find an aisle devoted to paper, stickers, and pre-made scrapbooks.  Although many of the scrapbooks in the National Air and Space Museum Archives’ collections are of the premade store-bought variety, we have a few personalized wooden scrapbook covers that are works of art.
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Operation Crossroads Scrapbook
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October 31, 2014
Look Out for Black Cats on Halloween!
What do you get when you combine triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), melanophobia (fear of the color black), and ailurophobia (fear of cats)?
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Arthur C. "Art" Goebel
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October 30, 2014
#TBT Historical Research Center
Nothing says ‪#‎ThrowbackThursday‬ quite like Polaroids. Enjoy this look back at our Historical Research Center - an early predecessor to our Archives and Library, which was located in the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building. 
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National Air and Space Museum Historical Research Center