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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sat, February 24 2018

The Real World of Wakanda: Aviation in "Black Panther"

While the real world might be behind the curve on Wakanda’s technology, some of the planes featured in the Black Panther universe share similarities to emerging autonomous aircraft.

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Mon, January 8 2018

Finding the Alphabet from Space

NASA Earth Observatory science writer Adam Voiland has searched through thousands of NASA’s satellite images and astronaut photography, looking for the entire alphabet in images taken from space.

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Wed, December 20 2017

Top Five Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, let’s revisit some of our favorite stories of the year: stories of solar eclipses, scientific women, the Spitfire, and spacecraft.

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Wed, December 20 2017

Star Wars: A Merchandising Empire

In 1977, Star Wars: A New Hope, the first installment on George Lucas’s famous Star Wars film series, became one of the biggest box office hits of all time. It also gave rise to an innovative mass-marketing campaign for toys and other products that became an industry model.

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