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Sun, July 31 2016

Food & Flight: Jerrie Mock’s Moroccan Recipe

Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, was a wife and a mother of three, but she was no ordinary housewife. And she didn’t cook like one either. This world explorer’s recipes reflect her worldliness and wanderlust. The recipes that Mock chose to feature in the cookbook are a traditional Moroccan meat pie called bastilla, and couscous.

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Jerrie Mock
Sat, July 30 2016

Catching Pokémon at the Museum

The National Air and Space Museum’s official app, GO FLIGHT, launched this month on iOS. (Lookout Android users, GO FLIGHT is coming to you soon!) A great feature of the app is its tours. In such a large Museum, the app’s tours and interactive map are a must. ...

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Pokemon Stop
Wed, July 27 2016

The Mystery of Grey Spots on Apollo Glove

The last time Neil Armstrong's gloves and helmet were displayed, in 2012, visitors asked us about “grey spots” on the right glove. We're conducting research and examining historical documentation to find out why.

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Armstrong Glove Under UV
Mon, July 25 2016

Exploring Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes: A Towering Red Planet Analog

As the National Air and Space Museum’s annual Mars Day! celebration approaches, we look to a recent research trip taken by a Smithsonian Summer Intern to investigate the similarities between some of Earth’s most amazing dunes and those found on the ruddy surface of Mars.

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Measuring a Megaripple
Thu, July 21 2016

Curator’s Dilemma: Displaying the Lunar Module

The Museum’s Lunar Module LM-2 represents a dilemma, at least for the current generation of Smithsonian curators and conservators. What stages of its history are most important, and how should it to be presented to the public?

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Lunar Module on Display
Wed, July 13 2016

Hand-building Radar Systems

Radar instruments play an important role in our study of Earth’s nearest neighbors, such as the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Radar can provide a range of information regarding the materials that make up the surface of a planet and offer a unique perspective on the underlying structure. To get the most out of our research it is important to have a fundamental understanding of the hardware that makes up a radar instrument. What better way to achieve this than build our own.

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Geophysicist Bruce Campbell with Hand-Built Radar
Fri, July 1 2016

My (Almost) Night at the Museum in 1976

As the National Air and Space Museum gears up for its All Night at the Museum 40th anniversary celebration July 1-2, I can’t help but recall the night in July 1976 that I almost spent at the newly opened Museum — until the police found me and returned me to my parents, that is.

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My (Almost) Night at the Museum in 1976

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Original Museum Guide
Mon, June 27 2016

Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display

The studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. After...

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Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display

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Inspecting the Enterprise Saucer
Thu, June 16 2016

Celebrating 40 Years: Highlights from 1976 to 1986

For more than four decades, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has celebrated the greatest achievements in aviation and space history.

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President Gerald Ford at the National Air and Space Museum
Thu, June 16 2016

Field Report from the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador Program

I’m snatching moments to write this from Chile, sitting on the floor of the airport, or bouncing up winding mountain roads in a van. I’m here as an Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassador, with eight other ambassadors.

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Astronomy education ambassadors stargazing

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