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Sat, June 23 2018

40 Years of (Triton) Summer

Other plants in our solar system experience seasons, too. On Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, seasons last an average of 40 years, complete with nitrogen snow. Here’s how Triton’s summer solstice compares to Earth’s.

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Triton
Fri, June 22 2018

What an Accidental Discovery Told Us About Pluto

June of this year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. At the time of Charon’s discovery, scientists weren’t even looking for it.

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Pluto’s Satellite Charon
Thu, June 21 2018

Three Things to Know About Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are three things you might not know about the longest day of the year.

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Sun close-up - Dec 30, 2011
Wed, June 20 2018

Parker Solar Probe's Mission to Solve Stranger Things

Parker Solar Probe's mission to figure out three strange things that the Sun does.

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The Sun - April 25, 2013
Mon, June 18 2018

Women in Aerospace By the Numbers

On the 35th anniversary of Sally Ride's historic trip to space, a look at other groundbreaking women in aerospace.

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Female Astronauts Float in Space
Fri, June 15 2018

Bessie Coleman: Barnstorming Through Barriers

While Bessie Coleman never realized her dream of opening a flight school for African American pilots, her legacy as the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license has impacted and inspired flight students for decades.

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Bessie Coleman
Thu, June 14 2018

AirSpace Ep.7:
Space Junk

You’ve heard about a gastropub, but what about an astropub? Nobody becomes an astronaut for the food, but space cuisine has come a long way since the 1960s.

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AirSpace Ep.7:
Space Junk

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Wed, June 13 2018

The 12,000 Hours That Made the USS Enterprise Model

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has the world’s premier collection of aviation and space artifacts. Less well-known is that the museum also has an outstanding collection of aerospace models.

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The 12,000 Hours That Made the USS Enterprise Model

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Jets Abaord the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Model
Tue, June 12 2018

#ALLCAPS and Aerospace Achievement

When a team accomplishes what, at times, seemed impossible, it becomes a victory for all—an entire city or country, or all humankind. We see this in milestones throughout aviation history, and we celebrate those shared victories throughout our Museum. And when a sports team brings a championship to a city that hasn’t seen one in 25 years, the whole city comes out to celebrate. 

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Ellen Stofan Rocks the Red
Thu, June 7 2018

Curiosity Discovers “Building Blocks of Life” on Mars

Today, NASA announced some exciting new discoveries made by its Curiosity rover. Let our experts at the Museum help break down these exciting new findings.

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Curiosity Discovers “Building Blocks of Life” on Mars

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Curiosity Self Portrait

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