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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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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
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April 08, 2021
AirSpace Season 4, Ep. 5: Say My Name
Have you ever wondered how the stuff in space gets named? These days, there’s one organization that approves and keeps track of ALL of the official names from stars and asteroids to mountains on Mars and geysers on Enceladus. We break down the naming process and some of our favorites on today’s episode!
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April 07, 2021
Philip Van Horn (P.V.H.) Weems: Renaissance Man
Philip Van Horn Weems became a world’s leading expert in navigational techniques for aviators by the late 1920s. So much so that aviation luminaries availed themselves of his navigational instruction. Read about his life and access some of the navigation-related artifacts and archival documents he donated to us.
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Bald man in Navy uniform stands in front of a blackboard holding a book. Blackboard with chalk writing in the background, Celestial navigation globe partially visible at right.
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April 07, 2021
Change is in the Air: Moving Artifacts Back into the Building
The National Air and Space Museum marks an important milestone in its renovation project. Moving artifacts back into the west end of the Museum, which has been under renovation for two years.
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Aircraft hanging in under construction gallery with people in yellow construction vests in the background
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April 06, 2021
Understanding Mind-Bending Black Holes
The concept of black holes isn't new — scientists first theorized their existence in the early 20th century. But in the last few years, our knowledge of black holes has expanded exponentially — from the confirmation of supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies to the first ever image of a black hole captured by the Event Horizon Telescope. 
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Orange and yellow circle indicating magnetic fields of a black hole