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Thu, December 24 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.12
Never Surrender

It’s safe to say that the AirSpace pod loves Galaxy Quest, but doesn’t everyone!? It has it all: sci-fi, action, and comedy, an underdog who saves the day, and feel good story with space aliens! For the Trekkies among us, it’s an unswerving love letter to the importance of fans in any successful franchise. In the final episode of season 3, Emily, Matt, and Nick discuss why this is the movie to watch with your family this holiday season.

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Never Surrender

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Fri, October 30 2020

Famous Correspondents of Arthur C. Clarke

Throughout his long life, famed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke corresponded with numerous people. This blog examine the correspondents that Clarke had with Stanley Kubrick, rocket scientist and pioneer Wernher von Braun, and Irish fantasy author Edward Plunkett, who published under the name Lord Dunsany.

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Arthur C. Clarke
Thu, October 22 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.8
Open the Gate

We’re all fans of something—movies, tv shows, video games, comic books, sports teams, you name it!—and that can help us connect with new people with shared interests and frames of reference. In this episode, we’re talking about how and why fan communities form, and what happens when the barrier to entry turns toxic and targeted.

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Open the Gate

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Thu, August 20 2020

Gaining Inspiration from The Martian Chronicles

August 22, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of science fiction author Ray Bradbury’s birth. To honor the centennial, Museum geologist John Grant reflects on Bradbury’s impact on his career studying Mars.

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Ray Bradbury
Fri, June 1 2018

Our Favorite Photos From 2001

Explore some incredible visitor images from our 2001: The Bromicide Fest exhibition. 

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"The Barmecide Feast" by Simon Birch
Fri, May 25 2018

What Han Solo Should Know about Space Travel

Parsecs are actually astronomical units—not just in the Star Wars universe—used to measure distance, not time. (Sorry, Han.)

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The Kepler Mission
Sat, May 19 2018

The Making of 2001's Star Gate Sequence

Filmaker and special effects artist Doug Trumbull shares the behind-the-scenes story of 2001: A Space Odyssey's most groundbreaking scenes. 

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Fri, May 11 2018

The Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, some reflections on the most famous character in the film: HAL, the on-board computer.

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The Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

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The ILLIAC IV Computer System
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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The Star Wars Galaxy in Real Space

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The Last Jedi Screening Aboard the ISS
Tue, April 24 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey in Orbit

When my STS-98 crew launched into orbit on February 7, 2001—the first human space launch of the millennium—I marked the milestone by carrying with me two personal mementos of the landmark Stanly Kubrick science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Astronaut Thomas D. Jones Holding Copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey During STS-98

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