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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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Apollo 12 - Alan Bean
Sat, May 19 2018

The Making of 2001's Star Gate Sequence

Filmaker and special effects artist Doug Trumbull shares the behind-the-scenes story of 2001: A Space Odyssey's most groundbreaking scenes. 

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Thu, May 17 2018

Remembering Tom Wolfe and The Right Stuff

Tom Wolfe, the author of The Right Stuff (1979), one of the most iconic literary books about spaceflight, died this week.

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Remembering Tom Wolfe and The Right Stuff

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The First American Astronauts - Mercury 7
Fri, May 11 2018

The Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, some reflections on the most famous character in the film: HAL, the on-board computer.

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The ILLIAC IV Computer System
Fri, May 4 2018

The Star Wars Galaxy in Real Space

How fans celebrate the Star Wars galaxy, whether it's at the National Air and Space Museum or aboard the International Space Station. 

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The Star Wars Galaxy in Real Space

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The Last Jedi Screening Aboard the ISS
Tue, April 10 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Among the things that makes this film stand out for sci-fi fans is "HAL," the computer that runs the ship.

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2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL, and the Future of AI 

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A Poster for "2001: A Space Odyssey," in France, 1968
Thu, April 5 2018

"Nice Guys" Fly Charter

While the baseball season technically started last week, it doesn’t return to the nation’s capital until Thursday, April 5—the home opener for the Washington Nationals.  Most likely, the team will be returning to Washington, DC, from Atlanta on a chartered flight.

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Leo Durocher in American Airlines "Flagship Brooklyn"
Mon, April 2 2018

2001 Celebrates 50 Years

The story behind the landmark 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which premiered 50 years ago today. 

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2001 Celebrates 50 Years

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Arthur C. Clarke with an Advertisement for "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Sun, April 1 2018

Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

As the Museum prepares for its upcoming transformation, the Smithsonian is eyeing a remake of its iconic film Scott Hamilton Skates the Universe.

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Smithsonian Eyes Reboot for Classic Skate the Universe

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Andromeda Galaxy
Thu, March 1 2018

Behind the Winter Olympics' Drone Show

A look behind-the-scenes at the development of the 2018 Winter Olympics drone show, from Natalie Cheung, general manager of Intel’s drone light show team. 

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The 2018 Winter Olympics drone show

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