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Fri, March 23 2012

Remembering Wernher von Braun on his 100th Birthday

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Wernher von Braun (March 23, 1912-June 16, 1977), one of the most famous rocketeers and advocates of spaceflight that ever lived. Accordingly, it is an appropriate time to reflect on his remarkable life and career. A longstanding “space cadet,” von Braun was an early member of the “Verein fur Raumschiffahrt” (Society for Spaceship Travel, or VfR). Although spaceflight aficionados and technicians had organized at other times and in other places, the VfR emerged soon after its founding on July 5, 1927 as a leading group that both advocated for spaceflight and worked to build rockets. Growing up in the VfR, Wernher von Braun became the quintessential and movingly eloquent advocate for the dream of spaceflight and a leading architect of its technical development.

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Tue, March 20 2012

Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation Retirees Finish Vought V-173 "Flying Pancake" Following 8-Year Restoration Effort

On February 10, 2012, retired Vought employees officially rolled out the one-of-a-kind Vought V-173 Flying Pancake, following eight years of painstaking restoration work.  The Flying Pancake dates to World War II when the Chance Vought Division of the United Aircraft Corporation built and flew the airplane to test Charles H. Zimmerman’s theories about extremely low-aspect ratio wing design that allowed an aircraft to fly at very slow speeds. 

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National Air and Space Museum’s Trophy Awarded to Burt Rutan and the Cassini-Huygens Flight Team

The 2012 Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy will be awarded in the Lifetime Achievement category to Burt Rutan and in the Current Achievement to the Cassini-Huygens Flight team. They will be presented their awards March 21 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C. "The...

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and NASA Will Invite 30 of Their Social Media Followers to Welcome Space Shuttle Discovery

The National Air and Space Museum and NASA will invite 30 of their social media followers to the first "NASA Social" April 19 to welcome space shuttle Discovery to the National Collection. Registration opens at noon EDT Thursday, March 15, and closes at noon EDT Friday, March 16....

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Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and NASA Will Invite 30 of Their Social Media Followers to Welcome Space Shuttle Discovery

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Overview of Activities for “Welcome Discovery

The following "Welcome Discovery" activities will be presented by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in cooperation with NASA. Support for the "Welcome Discovery" Transfer Ceremony is provided by the Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Because weather...

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Overview of Activities for “Welcome Discovery

Welcome Discovery! Poster

National Air and Space Museum Announces Plans for "Welcome Discovery" Event

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is offering a series of activities to celebrate the acquisition of the space shuttle Discovery. The event will begin when the orbiter arrives in the Washington metro area Tuesday, April 17, weather permitting. Discovery will be...

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National Air and Space Museum Announces Plans for "Welcome Discovery" Event

Discovery Launches on Final Flight STS-133

Welcome Discovery! Presentation of Arrival Plans

WHAT:          Welcome Discovery! Presentation of arrival plans. WHEN:          Tuesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m. WHERE:       National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air and Space Parkway, Chantilly, Va....

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Welcome Discovery! Presentation of Arrival Plans

Discovery Launches on Final Flight STS-133

New Images Show Recent Geologic Activity on the Moon

New images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft show that the moon’s crust is being slightly stretched, forming small valleys—at least in some small areas. High-resolution images obtained by the...

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National Air and Space Museum Launches "How Things Fly" Online Exhibition

What makes an airplane fly? How does a spacecraft stay in orbit? Why does a balloon float in the air? These and many other questions are answered in the How Things Fly website, a companion to the physical exhibition at the National...

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Sun, February 5 2012

Blimp!

The newest arrival in the National Air and Space Museum’s inventory of historic aircraft is the C-49 airship control car. Produced by Goodyear Tire and Rubber, it first took to the air as the pressure airship  Enterprise (NC-16A) on August 23, 1934. The craft operated in the Washington, D.C. and New York metropolitan areas until November 1941, when it was flown back to Wingfoot Lake, Akron, Ohio to serve as a training craft. Early in WW II it patrolled northern Ohio checking on compliance with blackout regulations.

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