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Fri, September 25 2009

Fourteen Days on “The Moon” in Arizona

It’s a quarter of a million miles to the Moon, we’ve got fully charged batteries, half a pack of space food, it’s daytime, and we’re wearing spacesuits. Hit it.

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Planetary Geologist Brent Garry on Desert RATS Field Mission
Mon, September 14 2009

From Collecting to Curating

The Museum-going public doesn’t often get the opportunity to observe the work that goes on behind the scenes in a museum. The National Air and Space Museum’s poster collection is a case in point. The items in this collection, which range from notices for early aviation exhibitions to commercial airline advertising, were collected over many years. It is only recently, however, that the posters have been curated; i.e., cared for as a collection. 

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Fly The Finest Fly Trans World Airlines
Tue, September 1 2009

Contest Winners, and I, Enjoy a Real Night at the Museum

Recently I was involved in a “first” in my career here at the National Air and Space Museum – a sleepover! About six winners (and their families) in the Post Cereal Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian contest spent the night in the National Mall building on Friday, August 7. The lucky slumber-partygoers had competed in an online sweepstakes that was promoted on Post cereal boxes.

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Tue, August 4 2009

Q. and A. in the Archives Division

It was about twenty years ago, but no one in the Museum’s Archives Division can now remember who first asked us the immortal question - what‘s the wingspan of a Lockheed P-38 Lightning?

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Q. and A. in the Archives Division
Fri, July 31 2009

Missing Something?

Most of us have a "junk drawer" that contains, among other oddments, stray keys.  Restoration specialists working on the Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago" recently found two such strays in the aircraft.

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Items Found Inside Douglas World Cruiser "Chicago"
Wed, July 29 2009

The Veteran Behind the Airplane

The docents at the Udvar-Hazy Center enjoyed meeting a special visitor on May 16, 2009. His name is Jim Henry, a WWII naval aviator. Henry was one of the pilots that flew the F4U-1D Corsair that is on display at the Center.

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Veteran F4-U Corsair Pilot Jim Henry and Museum Docent Bruce Cranford
Wed, July 22 2009

One Way Museum Visitors Help Develop Exhibitions

Last week we began evaluating the first of four new computer interactives that will go into the upcoming “Moving Beyond Earth” exhibition.

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One Way Museum Visitors Help Develop Exhibitions
Mon, July 13 2009

My Three Days on the Moon

What will the astronauts who return to the Moon with NASA’s Constellation program drive? I had a chance to find out last October as a member of NASA's Desert Research and Technology Studies (Desert RATS) during the field test of the Lunar Electric Rover (LER) at Black Point lava flow in Arizona.

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Lunar Electric Rover (LER) Unpressurized Rover (UPR) Configuration

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