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Tue, December 11 2018

The Spirit of Apollo 8

December 21-27, 1968: the Apollo 8 crew of Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders journeyed to the Moon, into lunar orbit, and back to Earth. 

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Earthrise from Apollo 8
Thu, October 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.16:
Rocket Man

AirSpace hosts give their take on First Man, the new biopic about the original Moon-walker Neil Armstrong. Spoiler – they land on the Moon.

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AirSpace Ep.16:
Rocket Man

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Fri, October 12 2018

What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

First Man is almost certainly is the most accurate fictional depiction of human spaceflight in the 1960s ever made. A curator weighs in on what the film got right and wrong.

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What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

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Armstrong in LM Simulator
Tue, July 24 2018

Spaceflight and Surviving Shark Attacks

Shaq does shark week. Ronda Rousey against a bull shark. Bear Grylls faces off with … yes … a shark. Shark Week is full of celebrities having close encounters with one of the ocean’s greatest predators, but did you know early astronauts were also prepared for their own tussle with the fearsome fish?

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Shark Repellent, Project Mercury
Fri, July 20 2018

Looking Closer at the Saturn V

On July 20, 1969, a whole nation tuned in to see astronaut Neil Armstrong take one small step on the surface of the Moon, ushering in a new era of space exploration. But how did Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts get to the Moon in the first place?

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Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch
Tue, June 12 2018

#ALLCAPS and Aerospace Achievement

When a team accomplishes what, at times, seemed impossible, it becomes a victory for all—an entire city or country, or all humankind. We see this in milestones throughout aviation history, and we celebrate those shared victories throughout our Museum. And when a sports team brings a championship to a city that hasn’t seen one in 25 years, the whole city comes out to celebrate. 

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Ellen Stofan Rocks the Red
Thu, May 17 2018

Remembering Tom Wolfe and The Right Stuff

Tom Wolfe, the author of The Right Stuff (1979), one of the most iconic literary books about spaceflight, died this week.

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Remembering Tom Wolfe and The Right Stuff

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The First American Astronauts - Mercury 7
Mon, April 9 2018

The Woman Who Got Real Food to Space

The woman who changed space food from “cubes and tubes” into the Apollo program’s astronaut-ready meals.

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Rita Rapp with Apollo Astronauts Ron Evans, Eugene Cernan, and Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
Thu, March 22 2018

Conserving Artifacts from Command Module Columbia

How the Museum's conservation team treated an Apollo 11 artifact, a medical accessory kit stowed aboard the Command Module Columbia during the historic lunar mission.

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Conserving Artifacts from Command Module Columbia

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Repairing a tear in the Apollo 11 medical accessory kit
Thu, February 1 2018

Reflections on Spaceflight and Memory

For those involved or interested in human spaceflight, the last week of January is a solemn time of remembrance, as we commemorate Apollo 1 and the Space Shuttle missions Challenger and Columbia. How does our Museum deal with the memory of such tragedies? 

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The Space Shuttle Challenger’s first launch, 1983

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