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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July 12, 2023 60th Anniversary of the First GAMBIT-1 Photoreconnaissance Satellite Flight Story

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) launched the first GAMBIT-1 high-resolution photoreconnaissance satellite on July 12, 1963. It enabled the United States intelligence community photo analysts to see more detailed images.

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July 11, 2023 Goodbye to Ariane 5 Story

The recent launch of VA261 closes out the Ariane 5 rocket’s 117 launches. Take a look back at Europe’s workhorse launcher and the next generation in Ariane 6. 

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July 05, 2023 Preserving Launch Infrastructure Story

Launch vehicles require a vast ground-based support system, which is an important part of the stories told at the National Air and Space Museum. Collecting these objects is challenging due to their size and reuse in subsequent programs. Learn more about these artifacts and how Air and Space preserves their ongoing histories.

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June 23, 2023 Early Spies in the Skies Story

During World War I, a new form of espionage took flight—literally. Photography from aircraft was introduced as a new way to spy.

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June 21, 2023 AirSpace Revisited: Sisters of the Moon Story | AirSpace Podcast

It’s been nearly 50 years (!) since humans last walked on the Moon.  But NASA’s upcoming Artemis missions will soon return astronauts to the lunar surface.

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June 21, 2023 The Beginnings and Basics of Aerial Photography Story

Picture the Earth from above. In your mind's eye, what do you see? Today, we have access to air and space technology that lets us see various views of the Earth with ease. 

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June 20, 2023 Triumph of the Gooney Bird Story | Air & Space Quarterly

Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum can see a DC-3 that flew more than 56,700 hours for Eastern Air Lines.

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June 19, 2023 Diamond in the Dark Story | Air & Space Quarterly

Scientists are excited about Enceladus as a potential place for life and, more important, as a planet where we can look for life using existing technology and even predict, with some precision, the locations on the icy moon Saturn where we would most likely find this life.

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June 18, 2023 Tales of the Taildraggers Story | Air & Space Quarterly

A story examining the lore and enduring appeal of taildraggers.

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June 17, 2023 The Man Who Fell to Earth Story | Air & Space Quarterly

If you think bungee jumping is scary, look at what Joe Kittinger did.

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