Stories of daring, stories of technological feats, stories of prevailing against the odds ... these are the stories we tell at the National Air and Space Museum. Dive in to the stories below to discover, learn, and be inspired. 

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June 17, 2022 Curator of a Galaxy Far, Far Away STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

Meet the woman who is entrusted with preserving the icons of the Star Wars universe.

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June 16, 2022 Raytheon Technologies Living in the Space Age STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

A new gallery shows how spaceflight transformed our relationship with technology.

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June 16, 2022 Summer 2022 - Up To Speed STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

What's new in aviation and space

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June 16, 2022 Big News STORY | AIR & SPACE QUARTERLY

The National Air and Space Museum gets an X-wing fighter—and a new director.

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June 10, 2022 Space for Everyone: Our New Brand Identity STORY

Welcome to the reimagined National Air and Space Museum. It’s a transformation years in the making.

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June 09, 2022 QueerSpace: Fight For Your Right STORY | QUEERSPACE

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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May 26, 2022 Before Top Gun, Hollywood Promoted Naval Aviation with Dirigible STORY

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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May 26, 2022 AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 3: Here Comes The Sun STORY | AIRSPACE PODCAST

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? STORY

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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May 11, 2022 AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 2: Ice Ice Baby STORY | AIRSPACE PODCAST

On today’s episode, we’re cheering for the fraternal twins of the outer solar system. You might know them as the Ice Giants, but really they’re big mush-balls: Uranus and Neptune. And like most siblings, these two planets have plenty in common: both discovered by telescope, both have ring and moon systems, and both were studied by Voyager 2. Scientists have learned a ton about Uranus and Neptune over the last few decades, but since these planets are hard to see and even harder to get to, many questions remain. It’s all about the coolest planets of the solar system today on AirSpace.

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