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Wed, November 21 2018

How Communications Satellites Helped the World Mourn JFK

John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22 and his funeral on November 25 occurred at a moment in which "live via satellite" was beginning to enter the Cold War world. Satellites broadcast information about his death around the world in a way never possible before.

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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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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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Fri, October 12 2018

What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

First Man is almost certainly is the most accurate fictional depiction of human spaceflight in the 1960s ever made. A curator weighs in on what the film got right and wrong.

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Tue, September 11 2018

Examining the Starship Enterprise 

It’s the ship that would boldly go on to make history—the Star Trek starship Enterprise studio model, used in the filming of the iconic television show, which premiered on NBC in September of 1966. Take a closer look at the makings of the starship Enterprise.

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Thu, September 6 2018

Conserving Spock's Ear

It’s become one of the most well-known appendages in pop culture history—Spock’s pointed ears, signaling him as half-Vulcan, and now synonymous with the beloved sci-fi series. The Museum’s conservation team recently treated a replica ear in our collection.

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Mon, August 27 2018

"Women of NASA" LEGO Prototype Joins Collection

The prototype for the popular Women of NASA LEGO® set joined the Museum’s collection last week, helping tell the story of how Americans are inspired by groundbreakers in aerospace.

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Fri, July 27 2018

High Adrenaline, High Altitude: HALO Jumps

Featured in the new film Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the HALO jump is a real—and dangerous—military maneuver that’s been used by special forces teams for decades.

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Fri, June 1 2018

Our Favorite Photos From 2001

Explore some incredible visitor images from our 2001: The Bromicide Fest exhibition. 

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Thu, May 31 2018

Remembering Astronaut and Artist Alan Bean

We remember Alan L.  Bean, the fourth man to walk on the Moon and the only artist to have visited the Moon.

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