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Sun, April 15 2018

Making History Aboard Discovery 

Twenty-five years ago today, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and the crew of the STS-56 Discovery, returned to Earth after a nine-day mission. Ochoa made history as the first Hispanic woman in space.

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Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, STS-96 mission specialist
Fri, April 13 2018

Women Breaking Barriers in the Royal Air Force

Two women of the Royal Air Force share their experiences in the military. 

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Royal Air Force Flt. Lt. Sarah Cole
Thu, April 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the slowest, strangest, and yet, most referenced science fiction films of all time – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It may be your FAVORITE movie, or, quite possibly, you’ve never actually seen it in its 142-minute entirety. Emily, Matt, and Nick break it down for you in the latest episode of AirSpace.

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2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

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Tue, April 10 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Among the things that makes this film stand out for sci-fi fans is "HAL," the computer that runs the ship.

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2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

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2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI
Mon, April 9 2018

AirSpace Ep. 4:
Remembering Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking's contributions to science centered on his search for a unified theory of the universe, but his impact spanned far beyond the scientific community. 

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Remembering Stephen Hawking

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Mon, April 9 2018

The Woman Who Got Real Food to Space

The woman who changed space food from “cubes and tubes” into the Apollo program’s astronaut-ready meals.

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Rita Rapp with Apollo Astronauts Ron Evans, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
Fri, April 6 2018

Welcoming Our New Director, Dr. Ellen Stofan

As the National Air and Space Museum’s interim director, I am pleased to introduce to all of you Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Museum’s new director.

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Ellen Stofan
Fri, April 6 2018

The British (Aircraft) Are Coming

To celebrate the RAF’s 100th anniversary, get to know a bit about these British aircraft, their owners, and what drew their pilots to flight.

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The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster
Thu, April 5 2018

"Nice Guys" Fly Charter

While the baseball season technically started last week, it doesn’t return to the nation’s capital until Thursday, April 5—the home opener for the Washington Nationals.  Most likely, the team will be returning to Washington, DC, from Atlanta on a chartered flight.

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Leo Durocher in American Airlines "Flagship Brooklyn"
Tue, April 3 2018

How Tiangong-1 Came Back to Earth

China’s Tiangong-1 space station fell back down to Earth this weekend, but there was no need to duck and cover. Most of the space lab burned up during re-entry, before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

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China’s Tiangong-1 space station

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