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National Air and Space Museum Receives $10 Million Gift From Kislak Family Foundation

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has received $10 million from the Kislak Family Foundation to support the creation of the new “World War II in the Air” exhibition. Construction on the gallery is scheduled to begin in 2022 and is part of the museum’s ongoing transformation of all its galleries at the flagship building in Washington, D.C.

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National Air and Space Museum Receives $10 Million Gift From Kislak Family Foundation

WWII in the Air Gallery Preview
Wed, February 17 2021

Driving Mars Exploration: How the Perseverance Rover Will Pave a Path into the Future

It’s been nearly 60 years since the first spacecraft were sent to Mars, and it’s inspiring to reflect on the progress that has been made since then. If all goes according to plan, the landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will mark the start of NASA’s ninth surface mission on the Red Planet.

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Driving Mars Exploration: How the Perseverance Rover Will Pave a Path into the Future

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Perseverance and Ingenuity

Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air

The Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air Gallery will examine how the revolution in warfare that took place during the war redefined the promise and peril of military aviation, as well as explore the dramatic changes to flight and culture that continue to reverberate through society...

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Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air

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Tue, February 16 2021

Is There Life on Mars?

To get the answer, we have to know what to look for and where to go on the planet for evidence of past life. With the Perseverance rover set to land on Mars on February 18, we are finally in a position to know.

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Perseverance Rover Sampling Rocks
Fri, February 12 2021

Lessons from Apollo 14

The Apollo program should be remembered as much for landing the first humans on the Moon as it is for countless demonstrations of problem solving and ingenuity, of continual fine-tuning and honing of expertise, which enabled NASA to set even more ambitious goals with each successive mission.

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Alan Shepard - Apollo 14
Mon, February 8 2021

Small Steps and Giant Leaps in the Apollo Lunar Landings

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, which included the longest moonwalk without a rover, is a good time to show how traverses away from the lunar landers progressed from one mission to the next.

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Apollo 17 - Jack Schmitt

National Air and Space Museum Celebrates Perseverance Landing

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host programming and offer a variety of resources and expertise to coincide with the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, Thursday, Feb. 18. The museum’s scientists are involved in a number of Mars research missions with NASA and will share their insights on this current endeavor. A variety of programming will be available for all ages beginning Thursday, Feb. 4, and special Perseverance-themed merchandise will go on sale for a limited time starting Thursday, Feb. 11.

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National Air and Space Museum Celebrates Perseverance Landing

Perseverance and Ingenuity
Thu, January 28 2021

Challenger: A Moment in our Personal and Shared Memories

Seventy-three seconds after launch, Challenger was destroyed on live TV. We did not understand what we saw: Our teachers could not explain it, our parents were unlikely to have better answers, and few of us probably spent time paying attention to what transpired afterwards in terms of the official investigation. The Challenger disaster symbolizes a moment in our personal and shared memories when we felt great sorrow together.

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Challenger: A Moment in our Personal and Shared Memories

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Challenger STS 51-L Launch
Wed, January 27 2021

Imagining Faster-Than-Light Travel

After the 1950s, fictional depictions of space travel needed to suggest conceivable ways to cross interstellar distances to seem plausible. Some authors suggested faster-than-light drives, hyper drives, jump drives, worm holes, and black holes.

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"Star Trek" Starship "Enterprise" Studio Model
Fri, January 22 2021

Mars Project: Wernher von Braun as a Science-Fiction Writer

Wernher von Braun was a superb engineering manager, an excellent pilot, and a decent pianist. In the U.S., he became a national celebrity while speaking and writing about spaceflight. But we don’t think him as a science-fiction writer.

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Mars Project: Wernher von Braun as a Science-Fiction Writer

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Chesley Bonestell - Mars