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October 13, 2020
The Moon: Before We Knew
Reading Mark Wick’s novel To Mars Via the Moon words motivated reflection on how our thinking of the Moon changed as real-life science and technology has evolved, in contrast to science ficton.
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Moon
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October 08, 2020
AirSpace Season 3|Ep.7
Danger Zone
There have been great movies about military aviation for almost as long as there have been movies and airplanes—seriously, the very first Best Picture Oscar went to a WWI aero-epic called Wings (and if you ever win bar trivia with that, buy us a drink). Eventually, the US military realized that high adventure onscreen could boost their recruiting efforts, and began to officially cooperate with films featuring flying service members. In this episode, we’ll look at two movies staring iconic aviators—Top Gun and Captain Marvel—and discuss how the military leans into their role as supporting players on the silver screen.
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October 07, 2020
Donald Louis Piccard – Pioneer of Hot Air Ballooning
The world of sport ballooning lost one of its pioneers with the death of Don Piccard on September 14, 2020. He was involved in the renaissance of hot air ballooning and a true pioneer of the sport. All of us who wonder at the sight of a hot air balloon in the sky, are in his debt.
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Don Piccard
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September 29, 2020
Chauffeur of the Skies: A. Roy Knabenshue’s Passenger Registries
A. Roy Knabenshue became interested in lighter-than-air flight after seeing a balloon ascension when he was 5 years old and would become the first person to successfully pilot a dirigible in the United States, flying Thomas S. Baldwin’s California Arrow at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
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Three people sit in an airship
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September 24, 2020
AirSpace Season 3|Ep.6
The Long Way Home
About 82,000 American service members are listed as Missing in Action – 72,000 from World War II alone. Recent technologies like robotic submersibles, advanced sonar, and DNA matching are making it easier for recovery operations to find the downed airplanes, and identify the remains of service members.
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September 23, 2020
A Mars Rover Lands in Virginia
A new Mars rover has landed at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Surface System Test-Bed (SSTB) is nearly identical to the MER twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars in 2004. What makes the SSTB different, however, is that it was designed for use on Earth.
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The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Surface System Test-Bed (SSTB)
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September 15, 2020
AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Crossing Lunar Orbit
Leaving Earth on your way to Mars, the first pit stop you might make is the Moon’s orbit. In this episode, we follow three Mars-bound space travelers from Mark Wicks’ novel, To Mars via the Moon.
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September 14, 2020
Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service: The WAVES Program in World War II
As an intern with the Aeronautics Department I had the chance to review and scan hundreds of color images from WWII. What particularly drew my attention were the images of women who served in the Navy’s reserve force, since at the time they were not allowed to serve their country through military enlistment to the same extent as men.
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WAVES specialist first class Lorraine Taylor and specialist first class Martha Harrison
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September 10, 2020
AirSpace Season 3|Ep.5
Me and the Sky
If you’re a Broadway fan (or have been ANYWHERE near a theater in the last couple years), you’ve likely heard about Come From Away—the Tony-award-winning smash hit musical with a story firmly rooted in generations of aviation history. 
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September 09, 2020
Body Art During World War II: From the Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Art Collection
Step outside of the Air and Space Museum and into the Lyle Tuttle Tattoo Art Collection in San Francisco, California to explore the symbolism of tattoo body art during World War II.
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U.S. soldiers visit tattoo artist George Burchett, known as the “King of Tattooists” in London.