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Tue, November 14 2017

Zero Gravity Science Experiments

Just like you conduct experiments in your science class, astronauts do experiments while in space. The zero gravity of space allows astronauts to carry out experiments that would not be possible in the gravity of Earth. There are more than 300 experiments currently happening aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Astronaut Kate Rubins
Wed, November 1 2017

Real Stories of LEGO's "Women of NASA"

A new generation of aspiring astronauts and researchers can find inspiration in the LEGO® “Women of NASA” set. These scientific pioneers are part of our collection here at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, too.

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The "Women of NASA" Lego collection.
Fri, October 27 2017

Record-Breaking Rocket Sled Created Modern Safety Standards

On a clear December day in 1954, Colonel John Stapp strapped in for a ride on the Sonic Wind No. 1, a rocket sled, breaking speed records and researching safety standards in the process. The story of Stapp's rocket sled will be part of the upcoming Nation of Speed exhibition.

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Rocket Sled, Sonic Wind I
Tue, October 24 2017

Ready for Lift-Off: Reimagining Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

We are reimagining the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Here's what you need to know and how you can stay connected to all the ways that we're changing.

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Exploring the Planets
Mon, October 23 2017

Astronaut Lingo: What Is "Puffy Head Bird Legs?"

Have you ever hung upside down for a little while? Remember how it felt to have all the blood rush to your head? When astronauts get to space, they experience a very similar sensation, which they nickname "puffy head bird legs."

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STS-130 EVA - International Space Station Cupola
Tue, October 17 2017

On Board a "Floating City" at Sea

What began as a simple phone call between our STEM in 30 team and the United States Navy ended with us being catapulted off the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, going 0 to 165 mph in three seconds. How did we end up there?

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The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier.
Mon, October 16 2017

Gravity and Light: When Neutron Stars Collide

For the first time ever, on August 17, 2017, astronomers detected the collision of two neutron stars. Not satisfied with that, they caught the cosmic smashup using both gravitational waves and light – another breakthrough.

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Illustration of merging neutron stars.
Mon, October 16 2017

Astronaut Shares Challenges Faced in Space

Italian Astronaut Paolo Nespoli talk to the STEM in 30 team about the different challenges he has faced in space during his time on the International Space Station.

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The International Space Station (ISS)
Tue, October 10 2017

Mí conversación con el astronauta de la NASA, Danny Olivas

Una de las muchas razones por la cual me encanta trabajar en el Museo Nacional del Aire y del Espacio es que uno nunca sabe a quién va a conocer. Eso es lo que me pasó un día en mayo cuando mis colegas me preguntaron si quería entrevistar en español, al astronauta de la NASA Danny Olivas, para el programa What’s New in Aerospace, que el Museo ofrece en Internet.   

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Danny Olivas
Thu, October 5 2017

Blade Runner’s Spinners: The Shape of Things to Come?

The “Spinners” flying cars from Ridley Scott's 1982 darkly dystopian Blade Runner film reappear in the sequel, Blade Runner 2049. But are there any hopes for flying cars that can operate from rooftops by 2049?

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The Blade Runner “Spinner” flying car movie prop.

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