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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

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

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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National Air and Space Museum Presents the 2012 "Heritage Family Day" Series

As part of the Smithsonian's Heritage and History education initiative, the National Air and Space Museum presents a “Heritage Family Day” series celebrating ethnic and cultural diversity. The series coincides with national observances, focusing specifically on the...

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Fri, January 27 2012

What do you Make of the "Houston, we have a problem" Film Claiming that a Secret Yugoslavian Space Program was the Source of American Success in the Space Race?

I received a call from Richard Solash, a reporter with Radio Free Europe about ten days ago to discuss a film being made by Slovene director Ziga Virc and writer Bostjan Virc that alleges that Tito's Yugoslavia had a secret space program and secretly sold space knowledge to NASA, in the process making Tito rich and making if possible for the U.S. to achieve its Apollo program.

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Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
March 7, 2012 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

David Scott Teaching Physics On the Surface of the 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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Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
March 14, 2012 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Cosmic Yardstick Hits the Century Mark

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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Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
March 21, 2012 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

Von Braun 100th Birthday

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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