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Fri, January 24 2020

Remembering Julius Montgomery: Space Program Pioneer

Julius Montgomery, a pioneering African American in the space program, died on January 22, 2020, in Florida. He was the first African American ever hired at the Cape Canaveral space facility to work as a technical professional. Additionally, he integrated the Florida Institute of Technology and was the first black member of the Melbourne, Florida, City Council.

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Thu, February 7 2019

Virgin Galactic Rocket Motor Joins Air and Space Collection

What is a hybrid rocket motor? What advantages does it have over conventional liquid and solid propellant rocket motors? These questions point to an exciting breakthrough that occurred on December 13, 2018, when Virgin Galactic successfully launched VSS Unity on its first suborbital flight.

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Fri, December 7 2018

Drones Making Life-Saving Deliveries

Zipline uses drone technology to connect essential medical products with people in need in the developing world.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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