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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $10 Million Gift From Textron

The National Air and Space Museum has received a $10 million gift from Textron Inc. to support the transformation of the “How Things Fly” exhibition at the flagship building in Washington, D.C. “How Things Fly” is a dynamic,...

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Wed, July 24 2019

Remembering Chris Kraft: Pioneer of Mission Control

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. is an appropriate name for a pioneering space explorer. Kraft did not explore space himself, but he made it possible for American astronauts to do so, from Mercury to the Space Shuttle. He was the primary inventor of the mission control concept, and implemented it during Project Mercury and after, including training a cadre of controllers and creating a worldwide tracking network.

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Tue, July 23 2019

Neil Armstrong and the X-15

Before Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon and before he flew on Gemini 8, he was a NASA test pilot. Noted for his engineering excellence and technical capability as a pilot, Armstrong became one of only 12 pilots to fly the ultimate experimental aircraft – the North American X-15.

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Mon, July 22 2019

Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

In this blog celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we explore how the astronauts listened to music during the mission, what was on their playlists, and musical critiques of the Apollo program.

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Apollo Playlist Part 2: Music Inside Apollo, Musical Critique from Outside Apollo

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Sun, July 21 2019

The “First” Members of the Caterpillar Club

Only two survived the crash of the Wingfoot Express—Henry Wacker, the chief mechanic, and John Boettner, the pilot.  They became known as members one and two of the Caterpillar Club, an organization formed in November 1922 consisting of people who had used parachutes to make an emergency jump.

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Sat, July 20 2019

Apollo Memorabilia: Command Module Handbag

As the Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we also celebrate some of the unique pieces of memorabilia created to mark that human achievement. In addition to the pins, patches, buttons, medals, matchbooks, sweatshirts, and commemorative plates the Smithsonian holds in the national collection, this unique ladies handbag is one of my favorites.

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Thu, July 18 2019

Print Your Own (Version of a) Lunar Module

Print your own version of the lunar module tactile model on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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Wed, July 17 2019

"One Small Step for Man" or "a Man"?

Spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis explains Neil Armstrong's quote appears the way it does in the case of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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Wed, July 17 2019

"We Choose to Go to the Moon" and Other Apollo Speeches

We take a look at the famous speeches that led to the first Moon landing, and one that thankfully never had to be delivered.

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Thu, July 11 2019

"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

On July 11, 1969 – only 5 days before Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin set out on their journey to the Moon – a relatively unknown British musician named David Bowie released a single titled Space Oddity.

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