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August 11, 2021
Using Historic Tools in the Construction and Restoration of a Standard J-1
A brief treatise on the historic tools used in the construction and restoration of the National Air and Space Museum’s Standard J-1 aircraft.
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Lincoln-Standard H.S. (Modified Standard J-1) airplane on tarmac viewed from a side angle.
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July 30, 2021
Apollo 15 and the Lunar Roving Vehicle: An Interview with Earl Swift
Earl Swift sought out the full story of the LRV’s origins, development, and traverses  in his new book “Across the Airless Wilds.” In this interview, he tells us he believes the LRV changed everything about the Apollo program.
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The Apollo 15 lunar roving vehicle (LRV) covered over 17 miles while traveling on the surface of the Moon.
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July 28, 2021
The Year Ballooning Was an Olympic Event
The 1900 Olympic Games, held in Paris as part of the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), was the only year in which ballooning was an official event.
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Black and white photo. In the center are three men dressed in suits, the two in the right wearing derbys, the middle man in a top hat. Five hot air balloons in the background. The back of a man in a suit and derby is in the foreground in the lower left corner.
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July 28, 2021
The Year Ballooning Was an Olympic Event
The 1900 Olympic Games, held in Paris as part of the Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair), was the only year in which ballooning was an official event.
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Black and white photo. In the center are three men dressed in suits, the two in the right wearing derbys, the middle man in a top hat. Five hot air balloons in the background. The back of a man in a suit and derby is in the foreground in the lower left corner.
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July 26, 2021
A Rock with a Mischievous History
Every rock can tell us a story, once we know how to read it. The sample designated 15016 tells a story of how two visitors from another world happened to collect it.
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A black and white image of James Irwin digging into the lunar soil during Apollo 15 mission
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July 21, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 12 It's the End of the World As We Know It
We have a flair for the dramatic here at AirSpace (Who… US?!). And we’d be lying if we told you we don’t occasionally daydream about the end of the world. But, like, scientifically speaking. We’ve seen plenty of sci-fi depictions of what the end might look like, but what will actually happen when the Sun engulfs the Earth? And what does the “end of the universe” even mean? To dissect these grim questions, we’re diving into a sci-fi series that offers a lot of hopeful examples of humanity’s perseverance: "Doctor Who."
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July 21, 2021
The Sinking of Liberty Bell 7: Gus Grissom’s Near-Fatal Mission
Space history curator Michael Neufeld tells the story of Gus Grissom's suborbital flight in July 1961 and the blown hatch that resulted in the sinking of his Mercury capsule.
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man in silver spacesuit smiles in front of space capsule that says LIBERTY BELL 7
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July 16, 2021
Never Say Never: Wally Funk’s Space Flight Dream Comes True
Wally Funk is finally going to space. After being the youngest of the female pilots tested by Dr. Lovelace, Funk will become the oldest person to fly into space at age 82.
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July 15, 2021
Fabricating Missing Parts of the Lincoln Standard H.S.
Welding and fabrication specialist Meghann Girard takes us through the way she combined contemporary technology with traditional metalworking techniques to fabricate missing parts from our Lincoln-Standard H.S.
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Museum specialists work on restoration of Lincoln-Standard
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July 08, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 11 Radar Love
Earth’s twin or Earth’s evil twin? It depends on who you ask. And no, we’re NOT talking about Mars (take a break from the news cycle, Ingenuity). We’re talking about the beautiful, enigmatic, and hot (VERY hot) VENUS. Not one but TWO NASA spacecraft are heading to Venus later this decade. 
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