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Fri, April 6 2018

Welcoming Our New Director, Dr. Ellen Stofan

As the National Air and Space Museum’s interim director, I am pleased to introduce to all of you Dr. Ellen Stofan, the Museum’s new director.

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Ellen Stofan
Sun, April 1 2018

Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

As the Museum prepares for its upcoming transformation, the Smithsonian is eyeing a remake of its iconic film Scott Hamilton Skates the Universe.

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Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

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Andromeda Galaxy
Mon, March 26 2018

Behind the Scenes at Our Open House

See what goes on behind-the-scenes at the National Air and Space Museum’s annual Open House at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Open House
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, March 1 2018

Up-Close With the Langley Artifact Collection

An intern shares her experience working with the Museum's small artifact collection with the move team at the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility.

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Intern Courtney Asher reviews a Langley artifact in preparation for photography
Thu, February 22 2018

Your Tour Through The National Air and Space Museum

Explore the National Air and Space Museum from the comfort of your own home with these stunning panorama images of our Museum in Washington, DC. 

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum
Tue, February 13 2018

Shields up! Protecting the Enterprise From UV Rays

Shields up, Captain! Or in this case, shades down. Here's the unique way the Museum protects our model of the Star Trek Enterprise from light damage. 

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Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model
Tue, January 30 2018

"America by Air" Gets Airline Boost

The Museum will have a brand new opportunity to tell the story of air transportation thanks, in part, to a gift from eight major airlines. 

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"America by Air" Gets Airline Boost

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"America by Air" Entry Rendering
Sat, January 27 2018

A Closer Look at Landing Gear

Take a closer look at the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless' unique landing gear, and how it impacts the flight of the aircraft. 

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 Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
Thu, January 18 2018

How Many Missions Did Flak-Bait Fly?

Flak-Bait, the museum’s Martin B-26 Marauder bomber, flew more combat missions than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. But how many missions did it participate in exactly?

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Martin B-26B Marauder Flak-Bait

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