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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March 20, 2024 Meet the Universe Story | Air & Space Quarterly

Astronomer Phil Plait recently published Under Alien Skies. We caught up with him in this interview.

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March 20, 2024 An Airman’s Memento Story | Air & Space Quarterly

Pulling back the curtain on artifacts in storage.

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March 16, 2024 WASP in Formation: What We Can Learn from Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu’s WASP Uniform Story | Inside the Conservation Lab

The Conservation team at the Museum recently had the opportunity to examine Haydu’s dress uniform to prepare it for display in the upcoming reimagined Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery. The artifact not only reflects the changing role of women in American society during WWII but also embodies the technological advancements and global impact of the conflict.

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March 14, 2024 Richard H. Truly: Pilot, Astronaut, Administrator Story

Few people in the air and space community touched as many aspects of what we do here at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum as did Richard H. Truly. His remarkable career in the military, in space, and as a leader blended together an array of experiences, having had the opportunity to impact programs and make decisions, the effects of which linger to this day.

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March 13, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 12: When the Sun Went Out Story | AirSpace Podcast

In 1142 a total solar eclipse with much the same path as the one coming up April 8. It was also the sign in the sky the Seneca needed to join the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, a representative democracy that would govern six tribes below Lakes Erie and Ontario.

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March 11, 2024 Conservation of "Rosie's Drill" and the Women Who Built an Aviation Legacy Story

Read about the process behind the conservation of "Rosie's Drill," a WWII-era artifact owned and used by Helen Nelson Brinkley on the Boeing B-17 aircraft-assembly line. Conservation treatment involved historical research, technical study, scientific analysis, and the sourcing, testing, and application of a specialized consolidant for the crumbling rubber cord.

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February 28, 2024 Nathan Gordon, the Consolidated PBY Catalina, and a Medal of Honor Flight Story

Large, slow flying boats like the Consolidated PBY Catalina, played vital roles for naval operations, including launching airborne attacks, anti-submarine patrols, delivering supplies, and performing air rescue. Although missions in these roles may not often be remembered, February 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of one of the most extraordinary flights of the PBY Catalina during World War II.

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February 26, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Leap Day Bonus: Accounting for the Ish Story | AirSpace Podcast

Did you know that it takes the Earth 365-ish days to orbit the sun?

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February 22, 2024 AirSpace Season 8, Episode 11: Liberation through Exploration Story | AirSpace Podcast

Today we're talking about Afrofuturist space and Afronauts and walking through the Afrofuturism exhibit by our friends at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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February 17, 2024 Washington, DC’s Renowned Astronaut, Col. Frederick D. Gregory Story

Frederick Drew Gregory, is the first astronaut born, reared, and educated in the nation’s capital, Washington, DC, which is also home to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions and the first African American to pilot and command a mission in space. He is also the first African American to rise to the second-highest NASA leadership position, Deputy Administrator.

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