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Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
September 28, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Apollo 15 Lunar Basalt

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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Apollo 15 Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV)
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
October 12, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

The Finite Universe

Join space history senior curator David DeVorkin as he examines the tools people used to chart the Universe a thousand years ago, and find out why they concluded that we were at its very center and unmoving.

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Explore the Universe Exhibition
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
October 5, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Lunar Rocks: What They Can Tell Us About the History of the Earth and Moon

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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Lunar Touchrock in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
October 19, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

A Tale of Two Space Stations - Comparing Skylab and ISS

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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Skylab, America's first space station in Space Race
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
October 26, 2011 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Jimmy Doolittle, the Schneider Trophy, and the R3C Racer

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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Curtiss R3C-2 Racer
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
September 15, 2011 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

The Siege of Paris Balloons

Talks typically last 10-15 minutes and begin at the nose of the SR-71 in the Boeing Aviation Hangar.

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Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Wed, August 10 2011

Space Shuttle: The End of An Era

I had my first glimpse of the end of the shuttle era in April, three months before Atlantis touched down from the final shuttle mission. Discovery had just completed its last flight, and I had an opportunity to visit Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) Bay 3, which for years had been Discovery’s home for between-mission servicing. Discovery did not return to Bay 3 after STS-133, moving instead into Bay 1 for post-flight work.

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Idled Orbiter Servicing Bay
Mon, August 8 2011

The Last Space Shuttle Mission

I was thrilled to be a part of the NASA Tweetup for STS-135 July 7 and 8 at Kennedy Space Center. It was exciting — and almost surreal — to be there for the end of the space program that my generation grew up with. We weren’t around for the Moon landings, but we all remember the first time the space shuttle “took off like a rocket and landed like a plane.”

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Space Shuttle Atlantis
Sat, July 30 2011

Tuskegee Bird Flies North

During the past two years, it has been my privilege to work closely with the curatorial staff of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to locate an aircraft with a lineage tied directly to the Tuskegee Airmen. We were fortunate enough to accomplish the mission that will culminate in the acquisition of a PT-13 Stearman that flew at Moton Field, Alabama, during WW II—the home of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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PT-13 Stearman
Fri, July 22 2011

Curiosity Landing Site

Here is a riddle: What takes more than 60 locations, 5 years, and 150 scientists to decide? The landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover Curiosity. Picking the landing site for a spacecraft to land on another planet is always serious business. And the job of finding the best location for Curiosity to set down on Mars was no exception. Curiosity’s mission is geared towards understanding whether Mars could have ever been habitable.

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Curiosity Landing Site

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