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Thu, July 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.9:
Spies in the Skies

People have been spying on each other for forever. This episode is about what changed when spies upped their game (literally), rising into the sky. 

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Spies in the Skies

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Thu, June 28 2018

AirSpace Ep.8:
Cute Little Robots in Danger?

Did we just find life on Mars? No. But NASA did announce two exciting new discoveries on the Red Planet—just before a Martian dust storm engulfed the planet. 

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Cute Little Robots in Danger?

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Thu, June 14 2018

AirSpace Ep.7:
Space Junk

Space is a mess. At this moment, there are literally thousands of human-made objects cluttering up Earth orbit.  

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Space Junk

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Thu, May 10 2018

AirSpace Ep.6:
Gastro-naut

You’ve heard about a gastropub, but what about an astropub? Nobody becomes an astronaut for the food, but space cuisine has come a long way since the 1960s.

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Gastro-naut

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Thu, April 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the slowest, strangest, and yet, most referenced science fiction films of all time – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It may be your FAVORITE movie, or, quite possibly, you’ve never actually seen it in its 142-minute entirety. Emily, Matt, and Nick break it down for you in the latest episode of AirSpace.

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2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

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Thu, March 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.3:
Bailing Out

"Eject, eject, eject!" Most of us are experienced at bailing out of social situations, but what about airplanes? Fewer than 1 percent of military pilots ever pull the eject handle, but they all know what comes next. The canopy blows, and the pilot is (literally!) rocketed up and out. Now what?

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Bailing Out

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Thu, February 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.2:
The Right Stuff Right Now

The criteria to become an astronaut has evolved over the years, but it’s still one of the toughest jobs to land. 18,000 people applied to be a part of NASA’s most recent astronaut class and only 12 were selected. In this episode, we’ll explore how the right stuff has changed with the times and get a taste of what candidates go through to make the cut. 

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The Right Stuff Right Now

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Fri, September 15 2017

Our Favorite Saturn Discoveries from Cassini 

At the end of the NASA Cassini spacecraft's 13-year mission, National Air and Space Museum scientists and educators are reflecting on what this mission has meant to them.

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Cassini Grand Finale
Sat, December 17 2016

Air Mailing It In: Rediscovery in the Archives

There are many ways to find information about the collections held by the National Air and Space Museum Archives. There are finding aids with box and folder listings for over 100 collections.  We are providing access to more and more of our scrapbooks  and photographs.  And while we archivists would like to believe that we know everything about everything in the National Air and Space Museum collections, the truth is, with over 17,000 cubic feet of documents, we are frequently discovering, or, should we say, rediscovering items in our collections.  The stories behind some of these finds are fascinating!

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1949 Around the World Air Mail Envelope Exhibit
Sat, December 17 2016

Around the World on an Envelope

December 17 marks the date of the first flight of Orville and Wilbur Wright in 1903. As part of the 46th anniversary festivities in 1949, the Air Force Association (AFA) arranged for Colonel Thomas Lanphier to fly around the world on American commercial airlines, demonstrating the efficiency of American airlines and emphasizing the rapid growth of aviation technology in the years since the first flight at Kitty Hawk.

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Air Force Association Wright Brothers 46th Anniversary Air Mail Envelope, 1949

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