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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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Examining the Starship Enterprise 

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Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model
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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Replica Spock Ear
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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Original Prototypes of the  LEGO® Ideas "Women of NASA" Set
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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Tom Cruise Filming a HALO Jump
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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Our Favorite Photos From 2001

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"The Barmecide Feast" by Simon Birch
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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The Making of 2001's Star Gate Sequence

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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 Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

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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

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