At the Museum

Fri, August 17 2012

Let's just hope it fits...

It takes a lot of people and effort to bring an exhibition from idea to reality. By the time I joined the exhibition team, Time and Navigation had been in development for over five years. The exhibit script was already written; the artifacts and images for display were already selected...

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Concept Sketch
Mon, August 13 2012

Packing for Spaceflight

Museum staffers are busy outfitting our new shuttle middeck for spaceflight.

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Space Shuttle Middeck Reproduction
Thu, December 15 2011

A Christmastime Price War—Over a Toy Ray Gun

The first mass-produced toy ray gun had boys and girls flocking to department stores. Do you remember the first space-related toy you ever received?

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Ray Guns
Thu, November 10 2011

Holiday Tips for Visiting the Museum

As the weather gets cooler and Thanksgiving approaches, I start thinking about the throngs of holiday tourists that will be lining up to get a chance to view the great stuff we have here at the Smithsonian.  For our holiday visitors, I’d like to suggest the following tips for a more enjoyable visit.

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Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Wed, October 19 2011

The STS-135 crew comes for a visit

The National Air and Space Museum was once again honored to host a space shuttle crew this past Friday. This visit was special because it was the STS-135 crew of the shuttle Atlantis, the historic final mission that returned on July 21. The crew was only four astronauts for this last flight, smaller than the normal seven. 

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STS-135 Crew
Sat, July 9 2011

New Plants Blast off in the Landscape

Moonbeams, rockets, and Blue Angels are not just showcased in the National Air and Space Museum — they are in the garden too!

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Smithsonian Gardens Staffers outside the Museum
Sun, July 3 2011

A New Curiosity

There is a strange looking car parked in the west end of the National Air and Space Museum in downtown Washington, DC. For now, it is only visible behind its security screen from the second floor landing above. From that vantage, the vehicle’s six wheels, robotic arm, mast, and other protrusions are clearly visible. But since this is the Air and Space Museum, it must be more than just a normal car. Soon the barriers will be gone and the public will be able to view the vehicle up close and personal. And what they will see is a model of the next Mars rover, NASA’s 2011 Mars Science Laboratory. The rover, dubbed “Curiosity” will be launched to Mars later this year and will begin its mission to explore whether places on the Red Planet were ever habitable.

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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL
Thu, June 9 2011

The Intern Perspective

When I went in for my interview at the National Air and Space Museum, I learned that I would be helping plan a family day. Not just any family day – this was a one-time event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Union Balloon Corps.

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Discovery Cart
Mon, May 16 2011

Are you Smarter than a Curator?

Created by Roger Launius, senior curator for lunar and planetary spacecraft, this five-question quiz will test your knowledge about space exploration and related artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Best of all, it’s not only a fun way to find out how much you know, it’s also a great way to support the National Air and Space Museum. Every question you answer correctly earns ten cents for the Museum, helping support the incredible work that goes into creating a wealth of memorable experiences at both our locations.

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Roger Launius
Wed, March 30 2011

In the Good Old Summertime!

The Visitor Services Division at the National Air and Space Museum is shaking off the winter doldrums and preparing for another exciting summer season.

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Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall

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