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Thu, November 12 2020

Stefan A. Cavallo: Test Pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA)

During World War II, pilots evaluated a wide range of aircraft types for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). Test pilot Stefan Cavallo’s flight trials were critical to successful operations during the war.

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Type A-13A oxygen mask

Smithsonian Collaborates With NASA Astronaut Victor Glover

Two Museums Will Help Tell Story of Glover’s Historic First Trip to the ISS The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of African American History and Culture will collaborate with NASA astronaut Victor Glover to help document...

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Smithsonian Collaborates With NASA Astronaut Victor Glover

SpaceX Crew-1 Pilot Victor Glover of NASA
Mon, November 2 2020

How Do Astronauts Vote From Space?

How do you cast your ballot when you are floating over 200 miles above your polling place? Thanks to a special electronic absentee ballot, astronauts are able to vote from space.

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The International Space Station (ISS)
Mon, October 26 2020

So What’s Up with the SOVA? Accessing Digital Air and Space Collections on the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives

Part of the fun of research is getting elbow deep into the original documents that make up the collections of the National Air and Space Museum Archives. But we also understand that it is difficult for many researchers to make in-person visits to the Archives at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. As an alternative, you can experience the NASM Archives (and other Smithsonian collections) anywhere through the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA)!

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Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives (SOVA) Homepage
Thu, October 15 2020

Geologic Maps: Where Science Meets Art

Geologic maps are used to locate natural resources, such as water or oil, or the best place to hunt for fossils, but they can also be eye catching works of art.

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Morava Valles and Margaritifer basin
Tue, October 13 2020

The Moon: Before We Knew

Reading Mark Wick’s novel To Mars Via the Moon words motivated reflection on how our thinking of the Moon changed as real-life science and technology has evolved, in contrast to science ficton.

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Moon

National Air and Space Museum Presents “Air & Scare at Home”

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host “Air & Scare at Home” in lieu of its annual in-person Halloween event. This reformatted virtual “Air & Scare” will feature online downloadable activities, live digital programming and a virtual costume and pumpkin decorating contest for sweet prizes. 

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Air & Scare Costumes
Wed, October 7 2020

Donald Louis Piccard – Pioneer of Hot Air Ballooning

The world of sport ballooning lost one of its pioneers with the death of Don Piccard on September 14, 2020. He was involved in the renaissance of hot air ballooning and a true pioneer of the sport. All of us who wonder at the sight of a hot air balloon in the sky, are in his debt.

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Don Piccard

Smithsonian’s AirSpace and Diplo Release Collaboration “Under Ancient Skies”

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and Grammy award-winning musician and producer Diplo have released Under Ancient Skies across all major digital streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.

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Under Ancient Skies Album Cover
Tue, September 29 2020

Chauffeur of the Skies: A. Roy Knabenshue’s Passenger Registries

A. Roy Knabenshue became interested in lighter-than-air flight after seeing a balloon ascension when he was 5 years old and would become the first person to successfully pilot a dirigible in the United States, flying Thomas S. Baldwin’s California Arrow at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.

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A. Roy Knabenshue's Family in an Airship