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December 01, 2021
Training for the Shuttle: From the Personal Papers of Sally Ride and David Brown
In the era of the Space Shuttle from the 1980s to the early 2010s, NASA astronauts would receive numerous information booklets and other written materials which would explain to them how to operate the Space Shuttle. The Museum's Archives holds two rich collections related to this intense technical training in the personal papers of Sally K. Ride and David M. Brown.
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Page of handwritten notes.  Two drawings at the top of the page.  Left drawing: left side view of the Space Shuttle.  Right drawing: overhead view of the Space Shuttle.
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November 30, 2021
Yesterday's Airports of Tomorrow
By 1940 the modern airport had come into being. Today's airports are basically similar, but over the years airport designers have had some interesting ideas when planning for the future of air travel. 
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Yesterday's Airports of Today
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November 29, 2021
Enos: The Forgotten Chimp
In October 1961, three chimpanzees were brought to Cape Canaveral to join two already there. One of the new arrivals was Enos, a native of Cameroon in west central Africa. Discover the story of the often forgotten chimp and his contribution to human space travel.
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Enos Ready for Flight
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November 26, 2021
Meet Members of the Ninety-Nines
In 1929, a group of 99 women pilots decided to form an organization for social, recruitment, and business purposes. Living in a society that limited women's social and economic independence, these group formed for women to mutually support each other in the aviation profession. Thus the Ninety-Nines were born.
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Several women in 1920s fashion smile at the camera in a group portrait.
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November 23, 2021
Columbia Comes Home
With the most recent restoration efforts complete, Apollo 11 command module Columbia was carefully wrapped in multiple layers of protective cover as it prepared to leave the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to journey home. Director Chris Browne reflects on transporting Columbia to the Museum on the National Mall.
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A truck on a public road with other vehicles behind it as carries a large white triangular object with the city view in the background.
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November 23, 2021
AirSpace Season 5, Ep. 6: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
93% of televisions in the United States tuned in to see Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon. Can you believe 7% were watching something else? At 11pm on a Sunday?? But as much as we love it now, Apollo 11’s contemporary acclaim wasn’t exactly universal. Many people, all over America, had reservations about spending billions of dollars on space exploration instead of solving problems here on Earth. And some Americans had their eyes on a very different, much more important prize. The rise of Apollo coincided with the peak of the Civil Rights Movement (which technically ended with the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1968—but we all know the struggle and the movement didn’t end there). In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick explore the intersection of these two moments in American history, discuss the protests, activists, and anthems of the time, and talk to Sylvia Drew Ivie about the issues then and how we’re still working to turn it all around.
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November 22, 2021
Flight Attending Firsts
Flight attendants improve the flying experience for passengers by ensuring their safety and providing for their comfort. How did this role start? Who were some of the first flight attendants? Discover their stories.  
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Ellen Church
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November 21, 2021
Skywriting Your Name in History: Suzanne Asbury-Oliver
Suzanne Asbury-Oliver and her husband, Steven Oliver, became America’s only husband and wife professional skywriting and aerobatic team.
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Suzanne Asbury-Oliver
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November 20, 2021
Flying for Photography
Combining flying and photography skills, Osa Johnson and Mary Light both flew on documentary missions, photographing remote areas in Africa. Discover their stories.  
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Osa Johnson
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November 18, 2021
Reaching New Heights in Space
Who were the first women in space? What were their stories? 
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Sally Ride in astronaut flight suit and headset