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December 15, 2020
AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Dreaming
Interplanetary road trips take a WHILE. So for this episode of Voyages to Mars, while we cruise onward towards the Red Planet, we’re listening to some poetry that pays tribute to long duration space travel.
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December 14, 2020
The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter
This month, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn are coming together in the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime event called a great conjunction. It will peak on December 21, 2020.
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Edited image of Jupiter and Saturn side by side
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December 14, 2020
The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter
This month, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn are coming together in the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime event called a great conjunction. It will peak on December 21, 2020.
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Edited image of Jupiter and Saturn side by side
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December 12, 2020
Failure to Launch: The Heart-Stopping Pad Shutdown of Gemini VI-A
Moments after ignition on December 12, 1965, one of Gemini VI's engine suddenly shut down. Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford waited tensely in the cockpit for a plan to get them out of the life threatening situation. What happened over the next three days is nothing short of remarkable.
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Gemini VI command pilot Wally Schirra and pilot Thomas Stafford arrive at Pad 19.
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December 11, 2020
Reflections on Arecibo | Reflexiones Sobre Arecibo
We asked four Puerto Rican scientists to share their reflections on the Arecibo Observatory, its importance to PR, and its legacy. Le pedimos a cuatro científicos puertorriqueños que compartan sus reflexiones sobre Arecibo, su importancia para PR y su legado
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Young person posing for picture with Arecibo Observatory in the background
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December 10, 2020
AirSpace Season 3|Ep.11
Blinded by the Light
Most of us live in places that give us a less than ideal view of the stars because of light pollution from our cities and suburbs. But keeping our skies dark is important for so many reasons – for nocturnal animals, for science and astronomy, and for cultural traditions around the world.
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December 08, 2020
Remembering Chuck Yeager, a Pilot with the Right Stuff
The greatest pilot of the Greatest Generation has passed. Seventy-nine years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, famed test pilot, World War II ace, and the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, died at the age of 97.
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Charles "Chuck" Yeager with Bell X-1
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December 07, 2020
A Blue Angel Makes Its Final Flight Into The National Collection
On November 18, 2020, Cmdr. Frank “Walleye” Weisser, USN, a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, flew into Dulles International Airport to deliver a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
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The F/A-18C Hornet's last stop as it joins the National Air and Space Museum
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December 02, 2020
DC Delivery: Moving the Douglas DC-3
The Douglas DC-3 was once considered by many the greatest airplane of all time. However, although the DC-3 has a flight range of over 1,400 miles, once an aircraft becomes an artifact in our collection, moving it even a few short miles involves a range of complexities. Learn more about the complexities of its recent move!artif
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The DC-3 is in the middle of the image. Two individuals are working on either side of it as they prepare to move it.
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November 29, 2020
Francis D. Bowhan: Osage Pilot
Francis Dawson, whose heritage was almost always included in newspaper coverage of his flights (usually with the generic term “Indian”) remains a name to be remembered in Osage County, Oklahoma.
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Pilot Francis D. "Chief" Bowhan (left) with Mary Grace and her husband F. J. Grace