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Mon, October 15 2018

Como la Gravedad Afecta Nuestros Cuerpos en el Espacio

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, museum Explainer Karina demonstrates the effects of gravity on our bodies in space.

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Explainer Demonstration
Fri, October 12 2018

What First Man Got Right About Neil Armstrong

First Man is almost certainly is the most accurate fictional depiction of human spaceflight in the 1960s ever made. A curator weighs in on what the film got right and wrong.

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Armstrong in LM Simulator
Mon, October 1 2018

NASA’s 60 Years in 6 Objects

On October 1, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was officially created, beginning a 60-year journey of American innovation and space exploration. While there are many (many, many!) unique NASA objects in the Air and Space collection, these six highlight milestones that shaped our nation’s quest to better understand our universe.

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Undercarriage and the Flow Direction Sensor of the North American x-15
Fri, September 28 2018

Ideas That Defy: Sailing on an Alien Sea

We all have ideas that defy in our back pocket. My personal idea that defies, the thing I dream of humans achieving, is sailing on an alien sea. 

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Colorized View of Titan from Cassini
Thu, September 27 2018

AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe’s lesson plans fly in space 32 years later. 

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AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

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Mon, September 24 2018

Celebrating Air and Space's #IdeasThatDefy

The National Air and Space Museum is full of ideas that defy. Ideas that defy any obstacle, ideas that defy our expectations, ideas that literally defy gravity. Follow us as we discover the remarkable, the audacious, the outrageous, the #IdeasThatDefy.

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1903 Wright Flyer First Flight, Kitty Hawk, N.C.
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
Fri, September 14 2018

How Satellites Track Storms From Space

During a major storm, we take satellite tracking for granted. Before 1960 this type of weather observation was not possible.

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Image of Hurricane Florence From GOES Satellite
Thu, September 13 2018

AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

Want to know what it’s like in outer space? Your best bet is under the sea. 

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AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

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Fri, August 31 2018

When Enterprise Met Discovery

Space Shuttle Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter ever built, was once displayed where Discovery is today. Despite both being part of the Space Shuttle program, the two served very different purposes and tell very different stories.

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When Enterprise Met Discovery

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Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery Meet Nose-to-Nose

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