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June 20, 2022
Who Were the Wright Brothers?
Learn about the two distinct minds that made of the dynamic Wright brothers team.
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Wilbur and Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio
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June 17, 2022
Curator of a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Meet the woman who is entrusted with preserving the icons of the Star Wars universe.
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Seven Star Wars Stormtrooper costumes on a display platform.
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June 16, 2022
Raytheon Technologies Living in the Space Age
A new gallery shows how spaceflight transformed our relationship with technology.
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An artistic rendering of the forthcoming Raytheon Technologies Living in the Space Age gallery depicts visitors looking at displays of space suits and a missile pit displaying the earlies rockets of the space age.
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June 16, 2022
Summer 2022 - Up To Speed
What's new in aviation and space
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Two objects sit on the desert surface of Mars: the parachute that helped the Perseverance rover land on the planet and a segment of the cone-shaped back shell that protected the rover during its fiery descent.
  • Air & Space Quarterly
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June 16, 2022
Big News
The National Air and Space Museum gets an X-wing fighter—and a new director.
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Headshot in front of aircraft.
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June 10, 2022
Space for Everyone: Our New Brand Identity
Welcome to the reimagined National Air and Space Museum. It’s a transformation years in the making.
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Logomark depicting a craft in flight silhouetted against a half-circle
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June 09, 2022
QueerSpace: Fight For Your Right
Happy Pride Month! Today, we’re bringing you a special installment of QueerSpace, our limited series featuring stories and people at the intersection of aviation, space, and LGBTQ+ history and culture. Seven years ago this month, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v Hodges that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry under the constitution. If you dig into an amicus brief for Obergefell, you’ll see mention of another case, Norton v Macy. This case set the first precedent ruling that the federal government can’t fire an employee for being gay. We talk a lot about pilots and astronauts who’ve made history, but today’s aerospace trailblazer was a humble NASA civil servant and petitioner named Clifford Norton.
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Astronaut standing on crocheted Moon holding Pride flag, with text next to it that says QueerSpace
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May 26, 2022
Before Top Gun, Hollywood Promoted Naval Aviation with Dirigible
The original Top Gun features some of the most memorable naval aviation scenes in film history, due in large part to the cooperation of the U.S. Navy with the filming of the movie. Although some may presume this is the first time a major Hollywood film joined forces with U.S. naval aviation, that honor belongs to the 1931 film Dirigible.
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Poster of a movie titled "Dirigible"
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May 26, 2022
AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 3: Here Comes The Sun
In 1859 the Sun threw a temper tantrum directed at Earth.  It spewed magnetized plasma into space, which made its way here and triggered effects that *literally* shocked telegraph operators (not to mention knocking down telegraph lines and causing aurora to be seen near the equator). If a geomagnetic storm of this size happened today, it could cause a widespread electrical and communications blackout. Events of that magnitude are rare but the Sun’s activity affects us all the time – from static on the radio to a diverted commercial flight or a wonky GPS app. The good news is scientists are monitoring the Sun to predict when and where effects will be felt. On today’s episode, we speak to experts from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center to learn how and why they stare at the Sun (for science!).
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May 20, 2022
90 Years After Her Solo Transatlantic Flight: What Would Amelia Earhart Think About Women in Aviation?
Amelia Earhart’s remarkable 1932 flight still stands today as a significant milestone in aviation history and women’s history. Earhart was a decorated pilot, a major celebrity, and an impactful woman whose surprising construction of a 1930s aviation career remains an inspiration to 21st century women and men. Curator Dorothy Cochrane reflects on her life and the role she would play if she were alive today.
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A wideshot of a woman standing next to a car with a aircraft in the background.