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Exploration

Thu, January 14 2021

Mercury, The Not So Shrunken Planet

Based on my research, which include image composites of two flyby views of Mercury from the MESSENGER spacecraft, I conclude that Mercury has not cooled and shrunken as much as previously thought.

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Color Composite of Mercury Flyby
Sun, December 20 2020

Five Things We Learned from Victor Glover

Discover what it's really like to live and work in space! Astronaut Victor Glover shares his thoughts and little-known facts about being an astronaut.

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Victor Glover
Mon, July 13 2020

Launching Hope to Mars

Museum director Ellen Stofan reflects on the significance of the United Arab Emirates upcoming mission to Mars.

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Hope Spacecraft
Wed, July 1 2020

Launch a Conversation

We invite you to Launch a Conversation with your friends and family about launches in American history and what was going on during those times.

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Apollo 8 Liftoff
Fri, April 24 2020

How Hubble Changed the Way We Picture Our Universe

In this guest blog, Dr. Elizabeth Kessler explores the contributions of the Hubble Space Telescope and how it has changed the way we envision our universe.

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Pillars of Creation
Mon, March 23 2020

Transcribing the Sally K. Ride Papers

We are pleased to announce that the Sally K. Ride Papers, consisting of over 23 cubic feet (38,640 pages!) of archival material chronicling Ride’s career from the 1970s through the 2010s, have been fully scanned and are available digitally. Air and Space fans can help make them more accessible by transcribing them in the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

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Signed Portrait of Sally Ride
Thu, March 5 2020

Exploration is About Perseverance: Mars 2020

The Mars 2020 rover is scheduled to launch this summer, and today is a milestone in the mission: the Mars 2020 rover has finally gotten a name.

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Exploration is About Perseverance: Mars 2020

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Mars 2020 Rover Rendering
Thu, February 27 2020

The Science of Leap Year

In 2020, February gets an extra day. Instead of 28 days, this year February will have 29 days. Almost everyone if familiar with the concept of leap year, but the reasoning behind it is a little complicated. Museum geologist Bob Craddock explores leap years in this new blog.

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Earth and Sun
Thu, September 26 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.14
Survivor 

In the final episode of season 2, Emily, Nick, and Matt discuss the implications of tardigrades on the Moon, and why scientists are working hard to ensure that microbes from Earth aren’t contaminating our search for life in the solar system. 

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.14
Survivor 

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Thu, September 12 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.13
Out of the Frying Pan 

Emily, Matt, and Nick unpack story behind their new favorite space movie (yes, it’s even better than Armageddon!).

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.13
Out of the Frying Pan 

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