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Wed, May 9 2018

Engineering Challenges in the AAR Design Hangar

We explore the real-world engineering process in the Design Hangar at the Museum in Washington, DC. Now, you can try out our design challenges at home with just a few kitchen supplies. 

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The How Things Fly Design Hangar
Tue, May 8 2018

Astronauts Thank the Teachers Who Helped Them Soar

NASA astronauts thank the educators who helped inspire them to achieve their dreams. 

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Teacher workshop explores Moon phase activity
Tue, April 3 2018

How Tiangong-1 Came Back to Earth

China’s Tiangong-1 space station fell back down to Earth this weekend, but there was no need to duck and cover. Most of the space lab burned up during re-entry, before landing in the Pacific Ocean.

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China’s Tiangong-1 space station
Thu, March 29 2018

Pioneering Women in Cryptology

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum shares the story of two pioneering women cryptologists.

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Cryptologists Genevieve Grotjan and Agnes Driscoll
Fri, March 23 2018

WWII Women Cracking the Code

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum explores women code breakers' top-secret work during World War II.

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Navy WAVE working on US Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe
Thu, March 15 2018

Coding Brings Mars Data Down to Earth

When NASA’s Curiosity rover uses its robotic arm to snap a selfie on the surface of Mars, how does that picture get back to Earth? It’s thanks to programmers like Melody Ho.

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Programmer Melody Ho inside mission control at the NASA JPL
Tue, March 6 2018

Breaking Barriers as a Female Fighter Pilot

Pilot Heather Penney reflects on what it means to be a woman in aviation and the commitment it takes to succeed, no matter what the field.

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Pilot Heather "Lucky" Penney
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
Fri, February 23 2018

Go for Gold: Olympic Aerodynamics

As you’ve watched the ski jumpers competing in the Winter Olympics, have you ever wondered why they assume the positions they do during the inrun and jump? It’s not just a silly skiing style, it’s aerodynamics in action—and it’s the same rules that impact airplanes in flight.

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A ski jumper competing in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
Thu, February 15 2018

Astronaut Victor Glover on the Challenges of NASA Training

What is it like to train as an astronaut? Victor Glover, part of NASA’s 2013 astronaut class, is one of the few who knows what it’s like to prepare for a journey beyond Earth’s atmosphere.

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Victor Glover training at the NASA Neutral Buoyancy Lab

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