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National Air and Space Museum Commemorates Apollo 50th Anniversary

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has announced plans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions and help lead the national celebration of the first moon landing July 20, 1969. By sharing the national collection and expertise of staff, the museum will spark conversations exploring the legacy of Neil Armstrong’s first small step and contemplating the next giant leap.

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Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Spacesuit

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Brings Space Shuttle Discovery to Google Arts & Culture

The National Air and Space Museum and Google Arts & Culture are celebrating the anniversary of Space Shuttle Discovery’s first launch, Aug. 30, 1984, by launching artifacts, exhibits and tours into the virtual world. Now, more than 200 space shuttle artifacts, several digital exhibitions, virtual tours and a 360-degree video inside Discovery with astronauts Kathryn Sullivan and Charles Bolden can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture.

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Space Shuttle Discovery
Wed, August 22 2018

The Man Behind High-Speed Safety Standards

At Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico on December 10, 1954, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled let loose 40,000 pounds of thrust and propelled United States Air Force flight surgeon Col. John Stapp more than 3,000 feet in a few seconds. The benefits of Stapp’s research are evident every time a driver pulls on a seatbelt or a jet pilot safely ejects from a damaged aircraft.

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John Paul Stapp Rocket Sled Test
Presented Online Ask an Expert
August 22, 2018 | 12:30pm

Nuclear Summitry: Pershing II, SS-20, and the End of the Cold War

The elimination of the Pershing II and SS-20 IRBMs from the nuclear arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union in 1987 signaled a rapprochement between both countries that culminated in the end of the Cold War. It did not start out that way. When Ronald Reagan entered the White House in...

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Pershing II and SS-20 Missiles at the National Air and Space Museum
Presented Online Ask an Expert
August 15, 2018 | 12:30pm

Canada in Space

In this week’s Ask an Expert Live, space history curator Michael Neufeld will talk about Canada’s involvement in space, highlighting the Space Shuttle’s Canadarm; Alouette, the first Canadian satellite; and more Canadian space accomplishments. Tune in on our  ...

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Using the Canadarm2
Tue, July 31 2018

Uncovering the Secrets of the Ranger 7

During the conservation of the Museum's Ranger 7 spacecraft, our conservator and space history curator uncovered some unexpected details about the object. 

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Ranger Spacecraft Cameras and Lens

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Welcomes Oracle Challenger III

The National Air and Space Museum will receive Sean D. Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III high-performance aircraft for the future “We All Fly” exhibition. The museum has received a $10 million gift from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation for construction of the gallery, which will be named the “Thomas W. Haas We All Fly” gallery in recognition of the foundation’s gift. The Oracle Challenger III will be displayed at the entrance to the gallery, the first exhibition at the museum in more than four decades to be dedicated exclusively to general aviation.

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Artist Rendering of Tom W. Haas We All Fly Gallery
Tue, July 24 2018

Spaceflight and Surviving Shark Attacks

Shaq does shark week. Ronda Rousey against a bull shark. Bear Grylls faces off with … yes … a shark. Shark Week is full of celebrities having close encounters with one of the ocean’s greatest predators, but did you know early astronauts were also prepared for their own tussle with the fearsome fish?

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Shark Repellent, Project Mercury
Sat, July 14 2018

The Grave of Quentin Roosevelt

On July 14, 1918, Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, died outside of Chamery, France, his Nieuport 28 shot down by a German pilot. To American aviators and soldiers, the grave of Quentin Roosevelt became a shrine, his death a touchstone for service and sacrifice, appearing in many World War I era scrapbooks and collections held by the National Air and Space Museum Archives.

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Soldier Views Grave of Quentin Roosevelt, Chamery, France
Presented Online Ask an Expert
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

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