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December 31, 2020
Celebrating the Holidays with Arthur C. Clarke
As I have been scanning the correspondence that science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke received over his lifetime, a constant staple of correspondence always crops up near the end of a year. These being the abundant number of Christmas cards Clarke would get around the holidays.
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Photo postcard. Left: beach with palm trees. Right graphic drawings of Santa Claus over preprinted text: "Merry Christmas" Handwritten signature. Preprinted text: "Arthur Clarke"
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December 30, 2020
Wonder Woman and the Smithsonian
Explore the history of Wonder Woman and the Smithsonian, including how Wonder Woman 1984 was filmed at three Smithsonian museums.
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Man stands in front of spacesuit replica
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December 26, 2020
Glistening Pride
I had to hold back my emotions as I photographed the blue and gold F/A-18C Hornet aircraft approaching the Udvar-Hazy Center on November 18, 2020, by the realization that my photography career had, in some way, just come full circle. My journey began back in 1973 when I had the good fortune of being assigned as the photographer for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team.
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Jim Preston on backseat of jet
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December 24, 2020
AirSpace Season 3|Ep.12
Never Surrender
It’s safe to say that the AirSpace pod loves Galaxy Quest, but doesn’t everyone!? It has it all: sci-fi, action, and comedy, an underdog who saves the day, and feel good story with space aliens! For the Trekkies among us, it’s an unswerving love letter to the importance of fans in any successful franchise. In the final episode of season 3, Emily, Matt, and Nick discuss why this is the movie to watch with your family this holiday season.
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December 24, 2020
Yes, NORAD Says There is a Santa Claus
How did a misdialed phone number lead to a holiday tradition
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A screenshot of a computer generated image of Santa flying through Chicago
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December 22, 2020
All Dressed Up: A Study of Stearate Growth Occurring on Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Leather Flight Helmet
In 2018, a peculiar condition phenomenon was observed on the helmet of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and it was removed from display for examination and conservation. An investigation into the cause of the condition issue is reviewed.
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh wearing her Spaulding & Bros. leather helmet
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December 20, 2020
Five Things We Learned from Victor Glover
Discover what it's really like to live and work in space! Astronaut Victor Glover shares his thoughts and little-known facts about being an astronaut.
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astronaut Victor Glover in SpaceX spacesuit
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December 17, 2020
F-86s and MiGs over Korea
On December 17, 1950, the first known aerial combat between swept-wing jet fighters took place in the skies over Korea. The Russian-built Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 had been recently introduced and its speed and maneuverability caused trouble for the United States and in response, the North American F-86 Sabre was rushed to Korea. Ward Hitt, Jr., a member of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Group, chronicled the early days of the F-86 in combat in a detailed scrapbook.
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Man in a helmet sits in an aircraft cockpit giving the okay sign with his right hand to a man in a cap and flight suit on his left
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December 16, 2020
Revisiting the Soviet Lunar Sample Return Missions
China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission successfully brought back pristine Moon samples to Earth. The last time such a feat was accomplished was during the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 mission in 1976. A total of three robotic sample return missions, as part of the Cold War Moon Race with the United States, were successfully executed.
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Luna 16 spacecraft model Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow
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December 15, 2020
Bee Falk’s 100th Birthday
December 15, 2020 marks the 100th birthday of aviation ‘sheroes’, Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu, a WWII Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP), entrepreneurial aviator, and lifelong advocate for women military pilots. Happy birthday, Bee!
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Portrait of Bernice “Bee” Falk Haydu in 1944