Stories of daring, stories of technological feats, stories of prevailing against the odds ... these are the stories we tell at the National Air and Space Museum. Dive in to the stories below to discover, learn, and be inspired. 

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August 23, 2023 What Was the Space Race? Story

In 1961, President John Kennedy called on the nation to send a man to the Moon. In 1969, the United States did just that. Today, many are familiar with the story of Neil Armstrong’s first few steps on the Moon (cue the “That’s one small step...” quote), but have you ever questioned why we invested so much time, effort, and national attention in getting there? 

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August 15, 2023 The First Space Stations Story

After the competitive short-term goals of human spaceflight had been met in the 1960s, many advocates of space exploration envisioned a permanent human presence in space.

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August 11, 2023 Life During Wartime: Fairchild’s Plants 7 and 5 Story | From the Archives

On August 19, 1942, Fairchild Aircraft Division of the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation opened Plant 7, the first unit in the company to employ Black workers, both men and women, as part of their WWII aircraft manufacturing efforts. In late 1944, Plant 5 at Wilson Boulevard and Kuhn Avenue, manufacturing corrugated parts for the Martin PBM Mariner, replaced Plant 7 as the designated plant for Black employees. A rich, yet incomplete, record of their wartime service can be found in the Fairchild Industries, Inc. Collection at the National Air and Space Museum Archives.

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August 10, 2023 AeroEspacial: El Dorado of Possibilities | El Dorado de posibilidades Story | AeroEspacial

For Latino Futurist artists, drawing on the past is key to creating futures that connect heritage, experience, and indigeneity to the present and future in constantly circling time.

Para los artistas futuristas latinos, recurrir al pasado es clave para crear futuros que conecten el legado, la experiencia y la indigenidad con el presente y el futuro en un constante círculo temporal.

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August 09, 2023 The Military Rockets that Launched the Space Age Story

Rockets launched the Space Age. They provided the power needed to take spacecraft and people on flights beyond the Earth.

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August 01, 2023 How Did We Discover the Planets? Story

When you look up you can see the stars, the Moon, and sometimes even other planets! We know what these otherworldly objects are because of centuries of research carried out by curious stargazers before us.  

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July 27, 2023 AeroEspacial: From Puerto Rico With Love | Desde Puerto Rico con amor Story | AeroEspacial

The science done at Arecibo Observatory was and continues to be incredibly important, and having the observatory in Puerto Rico is a point of pride for locals.

a ciencia hecha en el Observatorio de Arecibo fue y continúa siendo increíblemente importante, y tener el Observatorio en Puerto Rico es un motivo de orgullo para los locales.

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July 25, 2023 Recollections of an Air Force Airfield Manager: While the Pilot Sleeps Story

Before Patrick Leonini was a museum specialist for the National Air and Space Museum in the Photography department, he spent 24 years in the United States Air Force. He reflects on his career experiences in the military as an airfield manager, working in and around aircraft, crews, and ground support personnel.

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July 20, 2023 Cloudy with a Chance for Orbital Observation Story

In modern society, we often take the daily weather report for granted. We turn on the news, open the weather app on our smart phone, or look up our region’s weather on the internet. Have you ever thought about how meteorologists predict the forecast? For a big part of the answer, we need to look to the sky. 

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July 18, 2023 Barbie: An Astronaut for the Ages Story

There is perhaps no résumé in existence quite as long as Barbie’s. One of her oldest and arguably most iconic careers is as an astronaut. Let's take a look through some of her most iconic space looks, spanning 1965 to today.

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