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Mon, April 20 2020

Sleeker and Faster: The Impact of the Full Scale Wind Tunnel

Curator John Anderson explores the impact of the NACA's Full Scale Wind Tunnel on creating faster and sleeker airplanes to help the Allies win World War II.

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XF2A-1 in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel
Fri, April 17 2020

Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU

Space historian Paul Ceruzzi looks at a less well-known detail of the Apollo 13 mission: the Inertial Measurement Unit, which was essential to ensuring the safe return of the astronauts after an explosion damaged the service module on the way to the Moon. 

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Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU
Wed, April 1 2020

The TIROS 1 Weather Satellite and Its Environmental Legacy

On the evening of April 1, 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower saw the first image sent back from space by the Television InfraRed Observation Satellite (TIROS) 1 weather satellite—shaped, as some quipped, like “an enormous hatbox.”  As he considered the grainy black and white image of cloud cover over the eastern United States and Canada, he remarked “the Earth doesn’t look so big when you see that curvature.

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First Television Picture of Earth from Space, 1960
Fri, January 24 2020

Remembering Julius Montgomery: Space Program Pioneer

Julius Montgomery, a pioneering African American in the space program, died on January 22, 2020, in Florida. He was the first African American ever hired at the Cape Canaveral space facility to work as a technical professional. Additionally, he integrated the Florida Institute of Technology and was the first black member of the Melbourne, Florida, City Council.

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Julius Montgomery at Florida Tech
Thu, February 7 2019

Virgin Galactic Rocket Motor Joins Air and Space Collection

What is a hybrid rocket motor? What advantages does it have over conventional liquid and solid propellant rocket motors? These questions point to an exciting breakthrough that occurred on December 13, 2018, when Virgin Galactic successfully launched VSS Unity on its first suborbital flight.

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Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity
Fri, December 7 2018

Drones Making Life-Saving Deliveries

Zipline uses drone technology to connect essential medical products with people in need in the developing world.

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Zipline Drone in Flight
Wed, November 21 2018

How Communications Satellites Helped the World Mourn JFK

John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22 and his funeral on November 25 occurred at a moment in which "live via satellite" was beginning to enter the Cold War world. Satellites broadcast information about his death around the world in a way never possible before.

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Kennedy Family Leaving Funeral Ceremony for President John F. Kennedy
Thu, October 25 2018

Discovering Mysterious Features On Saturn’s moon Dione

Emily Martin, of the Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Science, is a co-author on an exciting new study, discovering new features of Saturn's moon Dione 

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Saturn’s moon Dione
Thu, October 11 2018

AirSpace Ep.15:
Smoke From a Distant Fire

Wildfire season is getting longer, according to the US Forest Service, making firefighting a bigger, more vital operation each year. In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick take a look at how the pros fight wildfires with everything from large water-carrying airtankers and helicopters to daring smokejumpers who parachute into the blaze equipped with axes, shovels, and chainsaws. 

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Smoke From a Distant Fire

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Wed, September 19 2018

How Sticky-Footed Lizards Inspire Space Technology

Scientists have been looking for creative solutions to clean up space junk. One proposal from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks to nature for inspiration: the gecko. 

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Gecko from the National Zoo

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