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Thu, April 18 2019

Remembering Geraldyn "Jerrie" Cobb, Pioneering Woman Aviator

Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, who died in March 2019, will likely be remembered for her role campaigning for women to be considered as possible space travelers in the beginning of the space age, but the Museum’s upcoming exhibits will also showcase how important she was as an award-winning pilot who flew for years as a missionary in the Amazon.

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Tue, March 26 2019

Women Who Defy

National Air and Space Museum director reflects on the trailblazing women in aviation and space that inspire her.

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Wed, March 20 2019

Decades of Inspiration from Chesley Bonestell

This guest blog post by space artist Ron Miller explores the impact illustrator Chesley Bonestell had on his life, and recounts 50 years of telling Bonestell's story.

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Thu, December 13 2018

AirSpace Ep.19:
Spirit in the Sky

In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick will unpack the often philosophical, sometimes spiritual reactions to viewing of Earth from above. 

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Spirit in the Sky

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Thu, November 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.17:
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

2 Space Shuttles + 1 asteroid the size of Texas + a dash of 90s rock = the most terribly wonderful space movie of all time? Well, maybe for Emily, Matt, and Nick.  This fall has got us hooked on space movies. So, Emily, Matt, and Nick decided to rewatch the 1998 film Armageddon to see how many inaccuracies they could find. 

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I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

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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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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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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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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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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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Space Junk

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