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Museum in Washington, DC On View Exhibition

Time and Navigation

This exhibition explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how we find our way.

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Time and Navigation

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Apollo Sextant and Scanning Telescope

“Become a Pilot” family day and aviation display

WHAT:   “Become a Pilot” family day and aviation display, including Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) and a Civil War-era balloon WHEN:   Saturday, June 16; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m....

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Mon, June 4 2012

Why should you care about the Transit of Venus?

Astronomy enthusiasts around the world are gearing up for Tuesday’s celestial show: the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun.  The small black dot of Venus, silhouetted against the bright Sun, will be visible with safe solar telescopes and, to those with especially good vision, with the naked eye when protected by eclipse glasses.

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Why should you care about the Transit of Venus?
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
August 23, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

America's First Military Helicopter: The Flying Octopus

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

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DeBothezat Helicopter
Wed, May 30 2012

Hypersonic Flight

The day is Thursday, February 24, 1949; the pens on the automatic plotting boards at South Station are busy tracking the altitude and course of a rocket, which just moments before had been launched from a site three miles away on the test range of the White Sands Proving Ground.

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NASA X-43A Scramjet

National Air and Space Museum Presents 2012 “Become a Pilot” Day

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum presents the 2012 “Become a Pilot” family day and aviation display Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. For the eighth annual “Become a Pilot” day, 50 vintage,...

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Become a Pilot Day at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

New Mapping of Mars Shows Western Medusae Fossae Formation Older Than Once Thought

Recent geologic mapping of the Medusae Fossae Formation on Mars—an intensely eroded deposit near the northern edge of the cratered highlands—has revealed a wider distribution of its western component than was previously recognized. Crater counts show that the western portions of the MFF are much...

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Portions of published global geologic maps of Mars
Museum in Washington, DC Ask an Expert
September 12, 2012 | 12:00pm - 12:15pm

The Eye of the Dragon--How Far Has Marine Corps Aviation Come in a Century

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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Fly with the US Marines in Fly Marines!
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
August 9, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Pathfinder and NASA Strategy to "Follow the Water" on Mars

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

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Mars Pathfinder Rover: Sojourner
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Ask an Expert
September 27, 2012 | 12:30pm - 12:45pm

Amelia Earhart: Still Making Headlines

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

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Amelia Earhart

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