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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Celebrates the Spirit of Apollo 

The National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first flight to the moon, with a special event at Washington National Cathedral Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Celebrates the Spirit of Apollo 

Earthrise from Apollo 8
Tue, October 30 2018

Remembering Darryl Greenamyer, Air Racing Champion

Darryl G. Greenamyer passed away on October 1, 2018. He had a legendary career in aviation as a fighter pilot and test pilot, a championship air racer and record-breaker, and warbird owner and entrepreneur.

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Championship Air Racer Darryl G. Greenamyer
Mon, October 29 2018

John Glenn's Return to Space on Discovery

On October 29, 1998, John Glenn launched on his second spaceflight, 36 years after his historic 1962 flight on the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft. When John Glenn boarded the shuttle orbiter Discovery, now in the Museum’s collection and displayed at our Udvar-Hazy Center, he was 77 years old—the oldest person yet to venture into space.

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John Glenn's Return to Space on Discovery

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Glenn Photographs from Flight Deck

National Air and Space Museum Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the End of the World War I and Veterans Day 2018

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and Veterans Day through the exhibition “Artist Soldiers: Artistic Expression in the First World War” and a variety of programming. “Artist Soldiers” opened on the anniversary of the United States entering WWI, April 6, 2017, and features artwork by professional artists recruited to serve in the AEF during the war and art by soldiers on the front lines. It will close Nov. 12, the day after the centennial of the war. Programming for all ages will take place throughout the month of November and Veterans Day weekend at both museum buildings.

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National Air and Space Museum Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the End of the World War I and Veterans Day 2018

Archie Sweetman Self-Portrait
Thu, October 25 2018

Discovering Mysterious Features On Saturn’s moon Dione

Emily Martin, of the Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Science, is a co-author on an exciting new study, discovering new features of Saturn's moon Dione 

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Saturn’s moon Dione
Mon, October 22 2018

Remembering Paul Allen, Tech Visionary

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and collector Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, made a notable impression here at the National Air and Space Museum.

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SpaceShipOne Nose

New “Mars Experience” at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will debut the “Mars Experience” at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, Saturday, Oct. 20, during the annual “Air & Scare” event. Using a traditional school bus outfitted with audio and visual technology, the interactive experience will virtually transport visitors to the Red Planet and give them a chance to see what it might be like to be on Mars. The “Mars Experience” was produced and donated to the museum by Lockheed Martin.

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New “Mars Experience” at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Students board "Mars Experience" bus
Thu, October 18 2018

Six Space Missions to Watch For

The next few months will also bring some exciting developments in space science. There are new missions about to launch and spacecraft that will reach their destinations after long journeys. Here are six out-of-this-world things to look for in the news over the next few months.

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InSight Probes the ‘Inner Space' of Mars
Fri, October 12 2018

What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

First Man is almost certainly is the most accurate fictional depiction of human spaceflight in the 1960s ever made. A curator weighs in on what the film got right and wrong.

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What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

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Armstrong in LM Simulator

“Air & Scare” Takes Over the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Air & Scare” family day from noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. Visitors will enjoy safe, indoor trick-or-treating and spooky activities for all ages at this free event.

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“Air & Scare” Takes Over the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center

Air & Scare Science Demonstration