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Tue, February 25 2020

Remembering Katherine Johnson: NASA Mathematician Calculated Mission Flight Paths and Continues to Inspire

On February 24, 2020, Katherine Johnson passed away at the age of 101, after a long life of learning and teaching—and quietly helping the United States reach our destiny in space.

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Remembering Katherine Johnson: NASA Mathematician Calculated Mission Flight Paths and Continues to Inspire

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Mon, September 16 2019

Looking Both Ways

Not long after the successful Apollo 11 mission, its three crew members were invited to speak to Congress. In this guest blog, Command Module Pilot, and former director of the National Air and Space Museum, Michael Collins recalls those remarks.

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Thu, September 12 2019

Calculating Trajectories and Breaking Boundaries During Apollo

In the late 1960s, Poppy Northcutt was a return-to-Earth specialist with TRW, working on a contract with NASA on one of the most exciting adventures of the 20th century: humanity’s quest for the Moon. With computer programming skills and a degree in mathematics, she worked with her team at TRW on the development of the return-to-Earth program. And she became the first woman in Mission Control.

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Thu, August 8 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.11
What's He Building?

Today we’re talking about a really cool project that brought together one former-Mythbuster, a couple of Smithsonian units, and makers across the country to reimagine an incredible piece of Apollo engineering.  

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What's He Building?

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Wed, July 24 2019

Remembering Chris Kraft: Pioneer of Mission Control

Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. is an appropriate name for a pioneering space explorer. Kraft did not explore space himself, but he made it possible for American astronauts to do so, from Mercury to the Space Shuttle. He was the primary inventor of the mission control concept, and implemented it during Project Mercury and after, including training a cadre of controllers and creating a worldwide tracking network.

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Thu, July 11 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

In part two of Walking on the Moon, we’re talking about the important science still happening with Apollo Moon rocks here on Earth a half-century later. 

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

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Thu, June 27 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.8
Walking on the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, AirSpace examines what we knew then, what we know now, and what mysteries of lunar science still remain.

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Walking on the Moon

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Thu, June 13 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.7
Rock on the Moon

What music would you take along on a quarter-million mile road trip?

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Rock on the Moon

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Thu, April 25 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.4
AirSpace Live at SXSW

In this special episode recorded at SXSW, Emily, Matt, and Nick recount stories of failure and how they’ve inspired a whole lot of success in science and space exploration

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.4
AirSpace Live at SXSW

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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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