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Tue, April 24 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey in Orbit

When my STS-98 crew launched into orbit on February 7, 2001—the first human space launch of the millennium—I marked the milestone by carrying with me two personal mementos of the landmark Stanly Kubrick science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Astronaut Thomas D. Jones Holding Copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey During STS-98
Thu, April 19 2018

An Aviation Pioneer's Life in Documents

The personal papers of William J. Powell, an early African American aviation pioneer, highlight his career with the American Expeditionary Forces and his work to support African Americans in aviation.

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William J. Powell
Wed, April 18 2018

A Curator on Configuring WWII Military Medals

Over the years I’ve spent curating the National Air and Space Museum’s uniform and flight clothing collection, I have received many inquiries. One of the most frequently ask questions concerns the placement of Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle's Medal of Honor ribbon on his wartime uniform.

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Lt. Gen. Jimmy Doolittle’s Medal of Honor ribbon
Sun, April 15 2018

Making History Aboard Discovery 

Twenty-five years ago today, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and the crew of the STS-56 Discovery, returned to Earth after a nine-day mission. Ochoa made history as the first Hispanic woman in space.

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Making History Aboard Discovery 

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Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-96 mission specialist
Fri, April 13 2018

Women Breaking Barriers in the Royal Air Force

Two women of the Royal Air Force share their experiences in the military. 

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Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Sarah Cole
Thu, April 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the slowest, strangest, and yet, most referenced science fiction films of all time – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It may be your FAVORITE movie, or, quite possibly, you’ve never actually seen it in its 142-minute entirety. Emily, Matt, and Nick break it down for you in the latest episode of AirSpace.

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AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

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Tue, April 10 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Among the things that makes this film stand out for sci-fi fans is "HAL," the computer that runs the ship.

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2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

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2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI
Mon, April 9 2018

AirSpace Ep. 4:
Remembering Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking's contributions to science centered on his search for a unified theory of the universe, but his impact spanned far beyond the scientific community. 

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Remembering Stephen Hawking

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Mon, April 9 2018

The Woman Who Got Real Food to Space

The woman who changed space food from “cubes and tubes” into the Apollo program’s astronaut-ready meals.

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Rita Rapp with Apollo Astronauts Ron Evans, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
Fri, April 6 2018

Welcoming Our New Director, Dr. Ellen Stofan

As the National Air and Space Museum’s interim director, I am pleased to introduce to all of you Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Museum’s new director.

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