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December 14, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Getting Ripped: Translunar Exercise on Apollo 11

This talk reflects on the use of the Exer-Genie on Apollo 11, an unusual piece of astronaut equipment with origins well outside the space program.

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Apollo 11 Armstrong and Aldrin Spacesuits
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
December 21, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

The Military Origins of the NASA’s Launch Vehicles

Talks typically last 10-15 minutes and begin at the Museum "Great Seal", in the Milestones of Flight gallery on the first floor.

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Space Race Gallery
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
December 28, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Dreams of Spaceflight: The Rocket Pioneers

Talks typically last 10-15 minutes and begin at the Museum "Great Seal", in the Milestones of Flight gallery on the first floor.

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Rocket Pioneers Display in the "Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery"
Sun, October 23 2011

The Tomboy of the Air

Blogs across the Smithsonian will give an inside look at the Institution’s archival collections and practices during a month long blogathon in celebration of October’s American Archives Month. See additional posts from our other participating blogs, as well as related events and resources, on the Smithsonian’s Archives Month website .

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Blanche Stuart Scott
Fri, October 21 2011

Costume Ideas from the Great War

If you're still stumped over what your costume will be for next Saturday's big Air & Scare at the Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center (October 29 from 2 - 8 pm), the photograph shown above, from the July 1918 issue of Die Luftflotte, might provide some inspiration.

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An Aeronautical Ballet

It’s Time to Grab a Spacesuit and Zombie Mask...

The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum hosts its annual "Air & Scare," from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Visitors can join creepy space aliens, mysterious astronauts and ghostly pilots for safe, indoor trick-or-treating. With more than 30...

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Air & Scare 2007 at the Udvar-Hazy Center
Sun, October 16 2011

Packing up Our Secret Decoder Ring

You know when you're packing up for a move to a new house — boxes everywhere — frantic activity to get everything stored away before the movers arrive,  and you still have to clean out the fridge.

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"Know Your Airplanes" wheel chart
Thu, October 13 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs

Jobs made a donation to the Museum to support the Beyond the Limits Gallery. He also gave us a NeXT workstation, which we promised him we would use to develop a flight simulator for the gallery. But after some efforts, we eventually gave up. I regret we were not able to make his NeXT donation work. The NeXT computer was tricky to work with, but it did have its fans. One researcher at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland got one, and while we were struggling to program ours, he used his to write a program for the Internet that he called the World Wide Web. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

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Sun, October 9 2011

Mountain of Arabia

In 1934, Joseph Dunlap Mountain, a thirty-two year old former Army Air Service pilot, signed on with the California-Arabian Standard Oil Company (CASOC, now Saudi Aramco) to serve as a pilot, aerial photographer and mechanic on the company’s 1934-’35 survey expedition to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Joseph D. Mountain
Thu, October 6 2011

Where are the Voyagers now?

The remarkable twin Voyager spacecraft continue to explore the outer reaches of the solar system decades after they completed their surveys of the Outer Planets. 

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Voyager Spacecraft

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