A new high-resolution topographic map of part of the southern hemisphere of Mercury has revealed a previously undetected large valley. This “Great Valley” may be the result of buckling of the Mercury’s outer silicate shell, its lithosphere, in response to global contraction. The findings were obtained using stereo images from NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft during the orbital phase of its mission and are reported in a paper published in Geophysical Research Letters by lead author senior scientist Thomas R. Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
The 50th anniversary of Star Trek is Sept. 8, and the National Air and Space Museum is inviting fans to celebrate with “Boldly Go 50”—three nights of special programs sponsored by The Roddenberry Foundation. Programs will explore the history of the science-fiction franchise and its role in inspiring generations of real scientists, innovators and explorers.
The National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its flagship building on the National Mall July 1. An evening ceremony and an “All Night at the Museum” event will commemorate the date and officially reopen the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. For the first time, the museum will stay open throughout the night with music, tours and activities for all ages
New Exhibition Reveals Moon Is a Dynamic Place
The National Air and Space Museum will open its newest exhibition, “A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera,” Feb. 26, displaying...
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present a virtual concert, “Space Songs: Through the Distance” April 30 at 8 pm EDT. Featuring performances from musical guests filmed in their own homes, it will spotlight the creativity and community that can be found in distance and isolation, in both music and spaceflight.