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July 11, 2018 | 12:30pm

Changing Roles for Woman in Astronomy

In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, join curator David DeVorkin for a walking tour of the Exploring the Universe gallery, highlighting how four women made contributions to astronomy over time (18th through 20th centuries) and how...

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Vera Rubin at the Flagstaff Telescope

National Air and Space Museum Celebrates “Mars Day!” July 20 

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present “Mars Day!,” its annual tribute to the Red Planet Friday, July 20, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the museum on the National Mall. This is the one time of year the museum’s scientists from its Center for Earth and Planetary Studies bring their work to the museum galleries and interact with visitors, discussing their research and their work on NASA missions.

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The Next Mars Rover at Mars Day!

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum To Hold “Asteroid Day” Event June 30

The National Air and Space Museum will host “Asteroid Day: Defending Planet Earth” June 30 at the museum in Washington, D.C., and online. A panel of asteroid experts will discuss the threats asteroids pose and how to protect the Earth from the danger they may cause. This is part of the global “Asteroid Day” event, marking the 110th anniversary of the largest impact-related incident in modern history when, June 30, 1908, an asteroid caused a massive air blast that flattened thousands of square miles in Siberia.

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Artist Illustration of Asteroid Impact
Mon, June 25 2018

Armistice and Peace: Victory Letters from WWI

Letters home from the front reveal the personal side of wars.  On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, marking the end of World War I, many American soliders serving abroad were instructed to write victory letters to their fathers. As we move towards the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a pair of victory letters from France and Connecticut illustrate a different understanding between home and the front, armistice and peace. 

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Portrait of Harold F. Pierce, September 1918
Sat, June 23 2018

40 Years of (Triton) Summer

Other planets 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

“Reels on the Ramp” Will Offer Free Outdoor Movies at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, will show free outdoor movies June 23 through Aug. 25. This unique experience will give visitors and locals alike a chance to watch Hollywood favorites under the stars on the Udvar-Hazy Center’s outdoor airplane ramp. Each of the aviation- and space-themed films will begin at dusk; doors will open at 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Films may be canceled due to inclement weather.

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
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

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