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March 30, 2021
A Seat in the Cockpit: Recognizing and Replacing Biases with Gender Inclusive Language
Some of the language once used in the early days of human spaceflight has not kept pace with the evolution of America’s space program. We now use "crewed" or "piloted" instead of "manned," for example. The era of “manned” spaceflight ended long ago, and the continued use of this language diminishes and erases six decades of women’s contributions to spaceflight.
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Astronaut Christina Koch (left) poses for a portrait with flight engineer Jessica Meir
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March 28, 2021
Sally Ride: Entrepreneur for Space, Science, and Inclusion
For many, their knowledge of Sally Ride begins and ends at her NASA career and the title of the first American woman in space. After she retired from NASA, Sally Ride utilized her groundbreaking status to launch a variety of business ventures (including Space.com and Sally Ride Science) which would inspire the next generation of astronauts and scientists.
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First Class of Female Astronauts
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March 26, 2021
Anne Noggle’s Photographs of World War II Women Pilots: Portraits of Perspective and Reflection
Anne Noggle (1922–2005) confronts themes of gender equality and aging through portraits of World War II women pilots in the United States and the Soviet Union. Her photographs convey their grit, defiance, femininity, and love of flying. Above all, they capture a spirit that bonds the rare group of aviation heroines together.
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Portrait of Mary Retick Wells
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March 25, 2021
Remembering Glynn S. Lunney
Remembering the life and legacy of NASA flight director Glynn Lunney.
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Man sitting at a flight control station
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March 25, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 4: Supermassive Black Hole
Today we’re tackling something we’ve wanted to talk about for a long time (which is relative, because time and space lose all meaning there). They’re incredibly dense, super cool, and mind-bendingly-mysterious -- BLACK HOLES! But how do you imagine – let alone study—the unseeable? And seriously—what happened at the end of “Interstellar?”
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March 24, 2021
Explore the Wright Flyer
Explore all of the rich content about the Wright brothers' 1903 Flyer that can be found on the Museum's website.
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1903 Wright Flyer
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March 22, 2021
Tingmissartoq! Charles and Anne Lindbergh Tour Greenland
Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark, hosted the Lindberghs for three weeks in the summer of 1933 and one of their stops was the southern town of Julianehaab, now known as Qaqortoq.
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Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen (left) meets Anne and Charles Lindbergh
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March 16, 2021
Homing in on Pigeons’ Contributions to World War II
Amid all these aircraft maintenance manuals, engine overhaul manuals, and parts catalogs in the Museum, there exists a U.S. Army Air Forces (AAF) manual that details the use of homing pigeons in combat zones during World War II.
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The cover of a manual entitled "Handling and Releasing Homing Pigeons from Aircraft"
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March 16, 2021
Spinning Out of Control: Gemini VIII’s Near-Disaster
On March 16, 1966, the Gemini VIII astronauts made the world’s first space docking, quickly followed by the first life-threatening, in-flight emergency in the short history of the U.S. human spaceflight program.
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Three white men lean over the railing of a ship.
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March 11, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 3: Water Me
It seems like every time there’s big news from outer space, it’s that we found water some place—as traces of ice or wisps of vapor, embedded in rocks or bound up in dry-as-dirt-regolith. Today, Matt, Nick, and Emily explore how we search for wet spots in the solar system, what they can tell us about our home planet, and why they’re the key to making our way in the universe.
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