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Fri, May 27 2011

Another Journey for John Glenn’s Ansco Camera

Nearly 50 years ago, John Glenn purchased a camera at a drug store that served as the first astronomical experiment performed by a human in space. That three-orbit voyage for Glenn included two cameras, one the Ansco he purchased and the other a Leica supplied by NASA. The flight not only kicked off decades of orbital experiences for U.S. astronauts, but also science experiments, observations, and thousands of rolls of film and digital files created through hand-held photography. The results of those experiments and the photos taken are what people left on Earth use even today to understand human spaceflight.

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Another Journey for John Glenn’s Ansco Camera

"NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration" Opens at the National Air and Space Museum

You don't have to be a rocket scientist or an astronaut to work for NASA. Engineers, pilots, physicists, astrobiologists, and, yes, artists, too, have helped further the mission of the space agency. In 1962, NASA administrator James E. Webb invited a group of artists to illustrate and interpret...

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Chip and Batty Explore Space in NASA | ART
Fri, May 20 2011

Reengineering Humanity

Since Howard McCurdy and I co-authored Robots in Space: Technology, Evolution, and Interplanetary Travel (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), I have been interested in the possible merger of humans and robots into a single entity to undertake space exploration.

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Robonaut

National Air and Space Museum Presents 2011 “Become a Pilot” Day

Visitors Can Meet Pilots, See Aircraft, Welcome a New Airplane to the National Collection and Tweet About It Too The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presents the 2011 "Become a Pilot" family day and aviation display Saturday, June...

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Fleet Model 2, Plane/Jane
Wed, May 18 2011

Collecting Popular Culture

From April 20 to April 23, curators from the Aeronautics Division and the Space History Division attended the 2011 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) in San Antonio, Texas. Tom Crouch of the Aeronautics Division organized a session on museum collecting and collectors titled “Collecting the Popular Culture of Flight at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum,” and the participants presented papers on collections that we curate. Tom spoke about the Balloonomania Collection of balloon-related furniture and furnishings; Alex Spencer of the Aeronautics Division talked about the Mother Tusch Collection, which contains many significant personal artifacts of military aviation; Margaret Weitekamp of the Space History Division discussed the O’Harro Collection of space memorabilia and popular culture; and I talked about the Stanley King Collection of Lindbergh memorabilia and popular culture.  

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Ray Guns
Mon, May 16 2011

Are you Smarter than a Curator?

Created by Roger Launius, senior curator for lunar and planetary spacecraft, this five-question quiz will test your knowledge about space exploration and related artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Best of all, it’s not only a fun way to find out how much you know, it’s also a great way to support the National Air and Space Museum. Every question you answer correctly earns ten cents for the Museum, helping support the incredible work that goes into creating a wealth of memorable experiences at both our locations.

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Roger Launius

Press preview of "NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration" exhibition

WHAT:   Press preview of “NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration” exhibition WHEN:   Tuesday, May 24 (10 a.m.: Remarks; 10:15 a.m.: Gallery tour) WHERE:  Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence...

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Grissom and Young
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
May 25, 2011 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

The Belgian Rattlesnake: The Lewis Machine Gun

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
Fri, May 6 2011

Bill Chases the Hindenburg

May 6th marks the anniversary of the tragic end of the airship Hindenburg, destroyed by fire as it came in for a landing at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station, New Jersey, in 1937. Last year, to commemorate the anniversary, we posted the story of Anne "Cookie" Chotzinoff Grossman, who, on October 9th, 1936, spotted the Hindenburg in flight from her Connecticut schoolyard. She took off in hot pursuit along with her brother Blair, but the giant airship got away from them; Cookie and Blair trudged back to school, and Cookie was made to write “I will not follow the Hindenburg” on the blackboard a hundred times.

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Bill Eaton
Past Exhibition

Fifty Years of Human Space Flight

This exhibit celebrates the Soviet Union and United States' achievements of launching the first human beings into space in 1961, and examines the technological challenges and public impact, as well as the secrecy surrounding the Soviet effort.

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Yuri Gagarin

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