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Fri, June 22 2018

What an Accidental Discovery Told Us About Pluto

June of this year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. At the time of Charon’s discovery, scientists weren’t even looking for it.

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Pluto’s Satellite Charon
Thu, June 21 2018

Three Things to Know About Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are three things you might not know about the longest day of the year.

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Sun close-up - Dec 30, 2011

“Reels on the Ramp” Will Offer Free Outdoor Movies at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, will show free outdoor movies June 23 through Aug. 25. This unique experience will give visitors and locals alike a chance to watch Hollywood favorites under the stars on the Udvar-Hazy Center’s outdoor airplane ramp. Each of the aviation- and space-themed films will begin at dusk; doors will open at 8 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Films may be canceled due to inclement weather.

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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Wed, June 13 2018

The 12,000 Hours That Made the USS Enterprise Model

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has the world’s premier collection of aviation and space artifacts. Less well-known is that the museum also has an outstanding collection of aerospace models.

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The 12,000 Hours That Made the USS Enterprise Model

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Jets Abaord the USS Enterprise Aircraft Carrier Model
Tue, June 12 2018

#ALLCAPS and Aerospace Achievement

When a team accomplishes what, at times, seemed impossible, it becomes a victory for all—an entire city or country, or all humankind. We see this in milestones throughout aviation history, and we celebrate those shared victories throughout our Museum. And when a sports team brings a championship to a city that hasn’t seen one in 25 years, the whole city comes out to celebrate. 

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Ellen Stofan Rocks the Red
Presented Online Ask an Expert
June 13, 2018 | 12:30pm

Women's Space Journeys in June

Join curator Valerie Neal on Facebook Live for a brief space travelogue focused on some of the other women who journeyed into space in June.

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Dr. Sally Ride During Deorbit Preparations
Wed, June 6 2018

Using Science to Solve an Object Mystery

Conservationist and decorate art historians help solve a mystery behind two balloon-themed chairs in our Museum's collection. 

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Balloon Chair X-Ray Detail
Presented Online Ask an Expert
June 7, 2018 | 12:30pm

D-Day and the "Wizard War"

In this week's Ask an Expert on Facebook Live, aeronautics curator Roger Connor will detail the high-point of the ‘Wizard War’ in which electronics and countermeasures often took center stage and provided a decisive advantage over the forces of Nazi Germany.

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B-17G
Fri, June 1 2018

Our Favorite Photos From 2001

Explore some incredible visitor images from our 2001: The Bromicide Fest exhibition. 

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"The Barmecide Feast" by Simon Birch
Thu, May 31 2018

Remembering Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean

We remember Alan L.  Bean, the fourth man to walk on the Moon and the only artist to have visited the Moon.

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Apollo 12 - Alan Bean

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