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Wed, July 17 2019

"One Small Step for Man" or "a Man"?

Spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis explains Neil Armstrong's quote appears the way it does in the case of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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Wed, July 17 2019

"We Choose to Go to the Moon" and Other Apollo Speeches

We take a look at the famous speeches that led to the first Moon landing, and one that thankfully never had to be delivered.

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Tue, July 16 2019

Conserving a Wearable Legacy

Before returning Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit to display in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, it underwent extensive conservation and a state-of-the-art display case and mannequin was designed to protect it while on display.

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Tue, July 16 2019

Digitizing Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

Working with the museum, the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3D scanned Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, helmet, and gloves. The resulting 3D models, which have been fully annotated by the suit’s curator and conservator, are now available.

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Mon, July 15 2019

What Breakthroughs are on the Launch Pad?

In this guest blog, Dr. Thomas A. Kennedy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Raytheon Company, reflects on what comes next.

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Fri, July 12 2019

The Social Value of Abstraction in Lamar Dodd’s NASA Art

From an outsider’s perspective, Lamar Dodd must have seemed like an unlikely choice for a commission to create paintings on the subject of space. Dodd was in the first group recruited for the NASA Art Program, which tasked artists with translating the cultural and scientific monumentality of the space missions to a national audience.

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Thu, July 11 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

In part two of Walking on the Moon, we’re talking about the important science still happening with Apollo Moon rocks here on Earth a half-century later. 

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

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Thu, July 11 2019

"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

On July 11, 1969 – only 5 days before Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin set out on their journey to the Moon – a relatively unknown British musician named David Bowie released a single titled Space Oddity.

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"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

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Wed, July 10 2019

Dog-Eared on the Moon?

When early astronauts traveled into space, and in this case, the Moon, lives depended on communications equipment that kept them in contact at all times with those stationed on Earth, like this "Snoopy Cap" communications carrier.

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Mon, July 8 2019

How We Saw Armstrong’s First Steps

As we approach the 50th anniversary of humankind’s first steps on the Moon, our ability to reflect on those events is thanks in part to how the moment was shared with people around the world. The Apollo 11 mission was not the first time television signals returned from the orbit of the Moon, but the landing in July 1969 was by far the most important to get just right.

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