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Mon, October 29 2018

John Glenn's Return to Space on Discovery

On October 29, 1998, John Glenn launched on his second spaceflight, 36 years after his historic 1962 flight on the Mercury Friendship 7 spacecraft. When John Glenn boarded the shuttle orbiter Discovery, now in the Museum’s collection and displayed at our Udvar-Hazy Center, he was 77 years old—the oldest person yet to venture into space.

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John Glenn's Return to Space on Discovery

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Glenn Photographs from Flight Deck
Thu, October 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.16:
Rocket Man

AirSpace hosts give their take on First Man, the new biopic about the original Moon-walker Neil Armstrong. Spoiler – they land on the Moon.

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AirSpace Ep.16:
Rocket Man

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Thu, August 30 2018

5 Unusual Facts About Space Shuttle Discovery

While the Discovery is hard to miss at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the little-known details help tell the orbiter’s unique and important history.  

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Space Shuttle Discovery's Maiden Voyage
Fri, July 20 2018

Looking Closer at the Saturn V

On July 20, 1969, a whole nation tuned in to see astronaut Neil Armstrong take one small step on the surface of the Moon, ushering in a new era of space exploration. But how did Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts get to the Moon in the first place?

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Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch
Thu, June 14 2018

AirSpace Ep.7:
Space Junk

Space is a mess. At this moment, there are literally thousands of human-made objects cluttering up Earth orbit.  

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AirSpace Ep.7:
Space Junk

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Thu, May 10 2018

AirSpace Ep.6:
Gastro-naut

You’ve heard about a gastropub, but what about an astropub? Nobody becomes an astronaut for the food, but space cuisine has come a long way since the 1960s.

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Gastro-naut

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Thu, April 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the slowest, strangest, and yet, most referenced science fiction films of all time – 2001: A Space Odyssey.  It may be your FAVORITE movie, or, quite possibly, you’ve never actually seen it in its 142-minute entirety. Emily, Matt, and Nick break it down for you in the latest episode of AirSpace.

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AirSpace Ep.5:
2001: An AirSpace Odyssey

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Mon, April 9 2018

AirSpace Ep. 4:
Remembering Stephen Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76. Hawking's contributions to science centered on his search for a unified theory of the universe, but his impact spanned far beyond the scientific community. 

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AirSpace Ep. 4:
Remembering Stephen Hawking

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Thu, March 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.3:
Bailing Out

"Eject, eject, eject!" Most of us are experienced at bailing out of social situations, but what about airplanes? Fewer than 1 percent of military pilots ever pull the eject handle, but they all know what comes next. The canopy blows, and the pilot is (literally!) rocketed up and out. Now what?

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Bailing Out

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Tue, February 20 2018

How John Glenn Suited Up for Space

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn made history as the first American in orbit—a moment that changed history and reestablished the United States as a major force in the Space Race. Glenn's suit, specially designed and fitted just for him, helped make this achievement possible. The suit was adapted to act as life support, in case the Friendship 7 spacecraft malfunctioned.

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John Glenn's Mercury Helmet

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