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Story A Blue Angel Makes Its Final Flight Into The National Collection Posted on Dec 07, 2020

On November 18, 2020, Cmdr. Frank “Walleye” Weisser, USN, a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, flew into Dulles International Airport to deliver a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft Military aviation Behind the scenes
Story A New Moon Rises: An Exhibition Where Science and Art Meet Posted on Feb 26, 2016

Scientific images can rival those of the most talented artists, a fact that is now on display in A New Moon Rises at our Museum in Washington, DC. Take, for example, an image of Reiner Gamma, a beautiful and strange feature on the Moon that looks as though a tadpole has been painted across the flat surface of Oceanus Procellarum. The image demonstrates the phenomenon of lunar swirls – bright patterns that some scientists believe may result from the solar wind striking the lunar soil. A localized magnetic field anomaly may have given this swirl its peculiar shape. The photo is densely packed with scientific information.

Topics: Spaceflight Apollo program Art Astronomy Moon (Earth) Science
Story Remembering Astronautics and Museum Leader Frederick Clark Durant III Posted on Dec 01, 2015

We have a tradition at the National Air and Space Museum of recognizing the passing of aerospace leaders with a temporary memorial panel displayed for a time on the Museum floor.

Topics: Spaceflight People
Story Seven Tips for Visiting the Museum During the Holidays Posted on Nov 24, 2015

We’re gearing up for one of our busiest times of the year—the holidays! Our team of Visitor Services staff love to talk to visitors during this time. We enjoy learning where you’re visiting from and what made you add our Museum to your already impressively full itinerary. You can find us at the Welcome Center in blue vests, eager to hear your stories.

Topics: Behind the scenes
Story Remembering Robert Willard Farquhar Posted on Nov 21, 2015

Known for devising innovative and intricate spacecraft trajectories, and for his whole-hearted dedication to robotic space exploration, Robert “Bob” Farquhar left a strong impression on the American space program. 

Topics: Spaceflight People Technology and Engineering Navigation
Story Remembering Frank E. Petersen Jr. Posted on Sep 15, 2015

The first black Marine Corps pilot and general officer, Frank E. Petersen Jr. died on August 25 at the age of 83.

Topics: Aviation African American or Black people Military aviation People
Story Duct Tape Auto Repair on the Moon Posted on Aug 31, 2015

When most people think of emergency fixes in space, the first incident that comes to mind is the famous Apollo 13 mission. The astronauts fashioned duct tape and surplus materials into air filtration canisters in the lunar module to keep all three astronauts alive for the entire trip home.

Topics: Spaceflight Apollo program Human spaceflight Astronomy Moon (Earth) Technology and Engineering
Story Remembering Marat N. Tishchenko Posted on Apr 16, 2015

Marat Tishchenko developed helicopters that have affected the course of international affairs around the globe for five decades.

Topics: Aviation Helicopters Vertical flight People
Story First Flight Around the World: An Adventure for a New Generation Posted on Apr 09, 2015

I asked many friends if they knew about the first flight around the world. No one did. How does such an incredible tale escape popular history? I decided that younger generations, especially, would enjoy reading about this dramatic saga.

Topics: Aviation Aircraft Early flight Records and Firsts
Story Reflections on Pi Day, March 14 Posted on Mar 14, 2015

Purdue University, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, has a special place in the annals of space exploration, having among its graduates 23 (and counting) astronauts, including Gus Grissom, Neil Armstrong, and a host of shuttle crew members, who have flown on more than 40 shuttle missions.

Topics: Technology and Engineering Science People