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Wed, February 17 2021

Driving Mars Exploration: How the Perseverance Rover Will Pave a Path into the Future

It’s been nearly 60 years since the first spacecraft were sent to Mars, and it’s inspiring to reflect on the progress that has been made since then. If all goes according to plan, the landing of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover will mark the start of NASA’s ninth surface mission on the Red Planet.

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Perseverance and Ingenuity
Tue, February 16 2021

Is There Life on Mars?

To get the answer, we have to know what to look for and where to go on the planet for evidence of past life. With the Perseverance rover set to land on Mars on February 18, we are finally in a position to know.

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Perseverance Rover Sampling Rocks
Thu, February 11 2021

Six Ways to Celebrate Perseverance This February

Be a part of the Perseverance landing with these six ways of celebrating the rover's mission!

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Perseverance Rover on Mars (Illustration)
Mon, February 8 2021

Small Steps and Giant Leaps in the Apollo Lunar Landings

The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, which included the longest moonwalk without a rover, is a good time to show how traverses away from the lunar landers progressed from one mission to the next.

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Apollo 17 - Jack Schmitt
Thu, January 14 2021

Mercury, The Not So Shrunken Planet

Based on my research, which include image composites of two flyby views of Mercury from the MESSENGER spacecraft, I conclude that Mercury has not cooled and shrunken as much as previously thought.

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Color Composite of Mercury Flyby
Sun, December 20 2020

Five Things We Learned from Victor Glover

Discover what it's really like to live and work in space! Astronaut Victor Glover shares his thoughts and little-known facts about being an astronaut.

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Victor Glover
Mon, July 13 2020

Launching Hope to Mars

Museum director Ellen Stofan reflects on the significance of the United Arab Emirates upcoming mission to Mars.

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Hope Spacecraft
Wed, July 1 2020

Launch a Conversation

We invite you to Launch a Conversation with your friends and family about launches in American history and what was going on during those times.

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Apollo 8 Liftoff
Fri, April 24 2020

How Hubble Changed the Way We Picture Our Universe

In this guest blog, Dr. Elizabeth Kessler explores the contributions of the Hubble Space Telescope and how it has changed the way we envision our universe.

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Pillars of Creation
Mon, March 23 2020

Transcribing the Sally K. Ride Papers

We are pleased to announce that the Sally K. Ride Papers, consisting of over 23 cubic feet (38,640 pages!) of archival material chronicling Ride’s career from the 1970s through the 2010s, have been fully scanned and are available digitally. Air and Space fans can help make them more accessible by transcribing them in the Smithsonian Transcription Center.

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Signed Portrait of Sally Ride

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