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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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Kennedy Family Leaving Funeral Ceremony for President John F. Kennedy
Thu, October 25 2018

Discovering Mysterious Features On Saturn’s moon Dione

Emily Martin, of the Museum's Center for Earth and Planetary Science, is a co-author on an exciting new study, discovering new features of Saturn's moon Dione 

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Saturn’s moon Dione
Thu, October 11 2018

AirSpace Ep.15:
Smoke From a Distant Fire

Wildfire season is getting longer, according to the US Forest Service, making firefighting a bigger, more vital operation each year. In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick take a look at how the pros fight wildfires with everything from large water-carrying airtankers and helicopters to daring smokejumpers who parachute into the blaze equipped with axes, shovels, and chainsaws. 

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Smoke From a Distant Fire

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Wed, September 19 2018

How Sticky-Footed Lizards Inspire Space Technology

Scientists have been looking for creative solutions to clean up space junk. One proposal from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks to nature for inspiration: the gecko. 

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Gecko from the National Zoo
Wed, August 22 2018

The Man Behind High-Speed Safety Standards

At Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico on December 10, 1954, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled let loose 40,000 pounds of thrust and propelled United States Air Force flight surgeon Col. John Stapp more than 3,000 feet in a few seconds. The benefits of Stapp’s research are evident every time a driver pulls on a seatbelt or a jet pilot safely ejects from a damaged aircraft.

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John Paul Stapp Rocket Sled Test
Tue, July 10 2018

Space, Stars, and Success: Meet Samantha O’Sullivan

Samantha O’Sullivan grew up visiting the National Air and Space Museum. Now, she works in our "How Things Fly" gallery as part of the Explainers Program.

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Explainer Samantha O'Sullivan
Mon, June 18 2018

Women in Aerospace By the Numbers

On the 35th anniversary of Sally Ride's historic trip to space, a look at other groundbreaking women in aerospace.

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Female Astronauts Float in Space
Fri, May 18 2018

Turning “She Can” into “She Will”

The National Air and Space Museum's She Can STEM Summer Camp will offer middle school girls from low-income households a glimpse at the exciting opportunities that aerospace has to offer.

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Student Uses Flight Simulator
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

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