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May 10, 2021
Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air
The new Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery, scheduled to open in 2025, is being carefully planned to provide a poignant and exciting perspective on World War II aviation for new audiences.
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Jay I. Kislak World War II in the Air gallery
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May 05, 2021
First American In Space: The Flight of Alan B. Shepard
Sixty years ago, on May 5, 1961, a Redstone rocket hurled Alan Shepard’s Mercury capsule, Freedom 7, 116 miles high and 302 miles downrange from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Freedom 7 parachuted into the Atlantic just 15 minutes and 22 seconds later, after attaining a maximum velocity of 5,180 mph. Shepard, a Navy test pilot and NASA astronaut, became the first American to fly in space.
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President John F. Kennedy presents award to Alan Shepard
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April 30, 2021
Light This Candle: What You Need to Know About Alan Shepard's Historic Spaceflight
On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American to travel to space.
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Alan Shepard in Spacesuit before Mercury Launch
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April 28, 2021
Remembering Michael Collins
We look back at the extraordinary life of pilot, astronaut, and statesmen Michael Collins, who has died at the age of 90.
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A man, Michael Collins, in a space suit looking out.
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April 28, 2021
Carrying the Fire
National Air and Space Museum acting director Christopher U. Browne reflects on the life and legacy of one of his predecessors, Apollo 11 astronaut and former Museum director Michael Collins.
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Michael Collins
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April 22, 2021
Earth Day: A Story Of Us
For the first Earth Day in 1970, cartoonist Walt Kelly trenchantly captured the core tension of humanity’s relationship to its home world as expressed through environmentalism and climate change: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”
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Drawing that says "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND HE IS US"
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April 22, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 6: Homesick at Space Camp
Any child of the 80s or 90s knows about Space Camp. But, what’s its origin story? And how did it become such a part of the millennial zeitgeist? (Even Mary Kate and Ashley solved a Space Camp mystery—spoiler alert: it was woodpeckers). Emily, Matt, and Nick break it down.
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AirSpace, a podcast, logo
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April 12, 2021
Gagarin’s March: 60th Anniversary of the First Human in Space
Every year in Russia during the week of April 12, the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight in space, also known as Cosmonautics Day, one hears Gagarin’s March replayed on radio and websites. The musical piece paints a picture of a bright and enthusiastic trek into the Soviet future with Gagarin at the lead.
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Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at a press conference
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April 12, 2021
The First Space Shuttle: 40 Years Since STS-1
The legacy of the Space Shuttle program was to some degree built around the results of its very first mission. The reusable spaceplane, the Space Shuttle, ushered in a new era of human spaceflight 40 years ago this week with the launch of STS-1 on April 12, 1981.
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The first and last space shuttle crews
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April 09, 2021
The Wright Moment: Ingenuity Prepares for Flight
Ingenuity, the small, four-pound autonomous aircraft, will attempt the biggest of feats. The Wright brothers lifted their 1903 Flyer off the ground over a century ago and now the Mars Helicopter will attempt the same. Ginny is set to take off from the surface of the Red Planet no earlier than April 14.
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Perseverance rover looks at Ingenuity as it prepares for its maiden flight