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August 12, 2022
Seeing Earth Through Astronaut Eyes
Curator Jennier Levasseur explores how astronauts have looked down at Earth during missions ranging from Apollo to the International Space Station expeditions.
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August 11, 2022
AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 7: Look at the Sky
Skywriting is something you might witness at the beach, or a sporting event, or an outdoor concert. A popular form of aerial advertising and even the occasional marriage proposal, skywritten messages can have a BIG impact (and with letters approximately 1500 feet tall… we mean that quite literally).  But maybe you didn’t know that it originated with the military and dates wayyy back to the early days of aviation in 1910. This episode will be your exhaustive look into everything you’d want to know about skywriting – how it works, who does it, the most popular examples, and even its code of conduct. And to learn all about it, we speak to a skywriting pilot whose family has been in the business since nearly the beginning.
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August 09, 2022
Three Ways Satellites Help Us Understand Our Environment
Learn about three ways that satellites have led to a better understanding of how we affect our environment.
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A manta ray swims in the ocean, a small cylindrical device is attached to its back.
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August 07, 2022
5 Ways We Have Connected Our World
Over time, Earth was became one connected planet—one global neighborhood.
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A map of the world in purple and red depicts route maps with white lines and dots. Small drawings throughout represent destinations. An elaborate compass is at upper left; partial text at lower right, "AIR FRANCE" in white serif text and "RÉSEAU AÉRIEN MONDIAL" in gold and black serif text are enclosed within a decorative rectangle. A gold border surrounds the entire poster illustration.
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August 05, 2022
Faces of Our Planet
What connects you to the rest of the world? Photography exhibition Faces of Our Planet explores the human experience of living on Earth and how globalization impacts the cultural, community, and individual perspectives throughout different regions of the world.
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A woman faces the camera holding a large radio.
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August 04, 2022
Northrop P-61 Black Widow: First American Airplane Designed and Built to Fight at Night, Part I
Getting all the components of a complex aircraft to fit and function satisfactorily required more than a year of careful design work, however on January 30, 1942, the Army Air Corps awarded Northrop a contract to build two XP-61 prototypes. Rediscover the Black Widow on the 80th anniversary year of its first flight.
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A P-61 Black Widow aircraft in a museum setting.
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August 01, 2022
Remembering Nichelle Nichols
Museum curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects on the life of Nichelle Nichols, the multi-talented Black actress who so memorably originated Lt. Uhura on Star Trek.
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July 28, 2022
AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 6: Journey to the Past
When you hear the term “space archaeology” you might envision a khaki-clad astronaut excavating the Moon. But actually, space archaeologists are actually Earth-bound researchers who use satellite and other aerial imagery to assist in archaeological applications right here on our home planet. This imagery is used to find new archaeological sites, track changes on already discovered ones, and even helps fight looting.
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July 26, 2022
What's in Your Garage?
For many people across the country, if you asked “what’s in your garage?” they might just say an airplane!
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July 26, 2022
Operation Migration
Canadians Bill Lishman and Joe Duff founded Operation Migration in 1994 to teach captive-reared birds to migrate by following the Cosmos Phase II ultralight aircraft.
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A person dressed in a white smock and hood is followed by about 15 young cranes near a pond in a wooded area.