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Tue, June 2 2020

The Challenge Before Us: A Historical Reflection on 1969 and 2020

On the same day that a commercially-built spacecraft docked with the ISS for the first time, cities across this nation experienced widespread protests sparked by profound racial disparities. The confluence of events drew comparisons to 1968 and 1969, when successful flights to the Moon occurred in the midst of a similarly fraught moment. Curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects.

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"Poor People's Campaign" March
Fri, April 17 2020

Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU

Space historian Paul Ceruzzi looks at a less well-known detail of the Apollo 13 mission: the Inertial Measurement Unit, which was essential to ensuring the safe return of the astronauts after an explosion damaged the service module on the way to the Moon. 

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Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU
Fri, April 17 2020

Reflecting on Apollo 13

Deputy director Chris Browne reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

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Thomas O. Paine
Thu, April 16 2020

Conserving the Creativity that Saved the Apollo 13 Astronauts

Conservator Lauren Gottschlich explores the conservation work recently done on a replica of the altered lithium hydroxide filter used during the Apollo 13 mission.

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Apollo 13 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters
Thu, April 16 2020

Visual Information and Apollo 13

Space history curator Jennifer Levasseur examines photographs taken during the Apollo 13 mission and how they helped NASA understand what went wrong with the service module.

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Damaged Apollo 13 Service Module
Wed, April 15 2020

How Gene Kranz’s Plainest Vest Became His Most Famous

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, curator Margaret Weitekamp looks at the history and significance of one of our most iconic artifacts from the mission: Gene Kranz's white vest.

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Gene Kranz's Apollo 13 Vest
Tue, April 14 2020

Apollo 13 AMA Recap

On Monday, April 13, the 50th anniversary of "Houston, we've had a problem," the Museum's Apollo curator Teasel Muir-Harmony participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on r/space with NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry, and Apollo in Real Time creator and data visualization engineer Ben Feist.

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Apollo 13 Astronauts on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima
Thu, March 19 2020

Our Friend Al Who Went to the Moon

Alfred "Al" Worden, command module pilot on Apollo 15, passed away on March 18, 2020. We mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Al, an aviator, engineer, and storyteller. From the halls of West Point to the far side of the Moon, the legacy of history’s first deep-space walker continues to inspire.

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Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden with his spacesuit
Mon, February 3 2020

Conserving Michael Collins' Apollo 11 Razor

Conservation of Michael Collins' razor from the Apollo 11 mission presented conservators with a complex ethical dilemma for deciding the best treatment approach: how to arrest degradation while maintaining the historical elements of the artifact.

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Michael Collins Shaving Kit
Mon, September 16 2019

Looking Both Ways

Not long after the successful Apollo 11 mission, its three crew members were invited to speak to Congress. In this guest blog, Command Module Pilot, and former director of the National Air and Space Museum, Michael Collins recalls those remarks.

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Michael Collins Addresses Congress

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