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July 16, 2019

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Spacesuit

Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing will go on display for the first time in 13 years in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.

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“Innovations in Flight” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum will host its annual “Innovations in Flight Family Day and Aviation Display,” Saturday, June 15. Visitors can view more than 50 vintage, modern, military and commercial aircraft that will fly in for the day and be on display outside the museum. Aircraft...

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“Innovations in Flight” at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

Thu, June 6 2019

Flak-Bait's D-Day Missions

We explore the D-Day missions of the Museum's Martin B-26B-25-MA Marauder Flak-Bait.

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Flak-Bait's D-Day Missions

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Wed, June 5 2019

The Technology Behind D-Day's Moonlit Airborne Ops

The D-Day invasion relied on paratroop and glider landings the day before -- in moonlit darkness. In this blog, we explore the key technologies used to locate drop zones and landing zones under cover of darkness.

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National Air and Space Museum Commemorates 75th Anniversary of D-Day

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day with a full day of activities and programs Thursday, June 6, at the museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Museum experts will give an aeronautical perspective of the Allied invasion of Normandy, which gave them the foothold they needed to defeat Nazi Germany the following year. These talks and hands-on activities will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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National Air and Space Museum Commemorates 75th Anniversary of D-Day

Mon, June 3 2019

D-Day and the Douglas C-47

In the early morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of soldiers, sailors, and airmen readied themselves for D-Day of Operation Overlord. For several divisions of American and British soldiers, the invasion had actually begun the night before on board Douglas C-47s.

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Sun, June 2 2019

D-Day: Aerial Photography in Action

D-Day was the boldest, riskiest and most anticipated operation of the entire World War II European Theater. To succeed in the Allied invasion of France, Allied commanders needed detailed information about prospective French coastal landing sites and surrounding areas. That's where aerial photography comes in.

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D-Day: Aerial Photography in Action

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June 3, 2019 | 10:45am

The Shrinking Moon: A Story of the Science of Apollo and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

National Air and Space Museum scientist Thomas Watters has received the 2018 Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award in the Sciences.  On June 3 in the Rasmuson Theater at the National Museum of the American Indian, Watters will deliver a lecture about his work.  The lecture will...

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum Announces “Race to the Moon”

The National Air and Space Museum has announced its latest commemorative activity, Race to the Moon, as part of its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11 was the collective achievement of 400,000 individuals working towards a common goal. To celebrate this shared experience, the museum is challenging a new generation. Race to the Moon is a 50-day virtual race on the social fitness app Strava that will challenge participants to run 50 miles in 50 days. The race starts June 1 and ends July 20.

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $11 Million Gift From Allan and Shelley Holt

The National Air and Space Museum received an $11 million gift from Allan and Shelley Holt made through The Hillside Foundation to support the creation of a new gallery, part of the dramatic transformation of the museum’s building on the National Mall. The “Allan and Shelley Holt Innovations Gallery” will be a dynamic space that explores how new inventions shape aviation and space exploration in this century and the next. 

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Receives $11 Million Gift From Allan and Shelley Holt