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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November 13, 2023 Remembering Col. Frank Borman (1928-2023) Story

Frank Borman was one of the great explorers of the 20th century. As commander of Apollo 8, he was one of the first three humans to leave low Earth orbit, travel into deep space, and orbit the Moon. Yet exploring space was not his dream. An Air Force officer, patriot, and ardent Cold Warrior, he wanted to beat the Soviet Union in the Moon race and played a central role in making that happen. 

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November 09, 2023 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 4: You're on Your Own, Kid Story | AirSpace Podcast

Space is dangerous. And as long as we've been sending people into space, we've also been thinking about what we can do to make sure they're prepared for it, and make sure they will come home again.

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November 07, 2023 Documenting Change: The Museum’s Military Women Aviators Oral History Initiative Story

In February 2019, the National Air and Space Museum launched the Military Women Aviators Oral History Initiative (MWAOHI) to record histories of some of the groundbreaking women who led incremental change in the military that resulted in women becoming fully vested (combat) military pilots.

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October 27, 2023 The Cuban Missile Crisis Story

Discover the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

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October 24, 2023 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 3: End of an Air-a Story | AirSpace Podcast

When the Boeing 747 first came out, it revolutionized the already revolutionary Jet Age. We're looking back on the more than 50 year history of the original Jumbo Jet.

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October 20, 2023 A Tale of Two Props: Conservation of Wooden WWI Propellers Story

In the upcoming new World War I in the Air gallery, two artifacts, wooden propellers manufactured for the American aviation production program will be on display. The  propellers were treated by the Museum's Conservation team in preparation for the exhibition.

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October 13, 2023 Franklin Chang-Díaz: From Immigrant to Innovator Story

As a physicist, engineer, entrepreneur, and astronaut, Franklin Chang-Díaz has made significant contributions to space exploration. Born in San José, Costa Rica, he developed a passion for science and space at an early age. He moved to the United States to continue his education and achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut and in 1980, NASA selected Chang-Díaz as an astronaut candidate, making him the first Latin American immigrant to become a NASA astronaut.

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October 12, 2023 The Game That Went Dark: When Sports and Science Collide Story

On September 18, 1941, the Brooklyn Dodgers were in Pittsburgh to play a game against the Pirates. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 0-0, announcer Red Barber’s radio broadcast was disrupted, and listeners suffered 15 minutes of silence. When the broadcast resumed, the Pirates had scored four runs.

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October 12, 2023 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 2: Vast and Beckoning Seas Story | AirSpace Podcast

Europa Clipper is soon to be on its was to the outer solar system to study one of Jupiter's most interesting moons. In addition to the really awesome science it will do, the spacecraft will carry a "message in a bottle" etched with your names and a poem by U.S. Poet Laureate Ada Limón.

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September 30, 2023 Conservation Treatment of Gilmore the Flying Lion: Treatment Story

As a cub in the 1930s, Gilmore made aviation history when he traveled around the United States with the flamboyant and colorful aviator Roscoe Turner as a mascot for the Gilmore Oil Company. This is the final piece in a three-part blog series about the conservation treatment of Gilmore the Flying Lion. Explore how the Museum balanced caring for the original taxidermy with the goal to present Gilmore as lifelike as possible.

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