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January 19, 2021
Voyages to Mars: Searching
The search for life is a pillar of Mars exploration. But our search isn’t only confined to the planets of our solar system. Radio telescopes search for signals of intelligent life from far away planets, orbiting other stars. In his story, “The Great Silence,” science fiction author Ted Chiang features the Arecibo telescope as he considers the significance of the animal life that surrounds it.
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AirSpace presents "Voyage to Mars"
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January 14, 2021
Mercury, The Not So Shrunken Planet
Based on my research, which include image composites of two flyby views of Mercury from the MESSENGER spacecraft, I conclude that Mercury has not cooled and shrunken as much as previously thought.
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Composite of two flyby views of Mercury
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January 14, 2021
Bonus! AirSpace Presents NOVA Now
Satellites from NASA and private companies are making headlines. What’s their history and how might their future affect space and life here on Earth?
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Purple and pink logo of AirSpace
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January 08, 2021
George Robert Carruthers: Astronautical Engineer and Astronomer
Astronautical engineer and astronomer George Robert Carruthers, a name well-known and dearly regarded in the space science community, and a good friend of the National Air and Space Museum, passed away on Saturday, December 26 after a long illness.
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Carruthers holding film cassettes
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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