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Fri, August 3 2018

The Unexpected Journey from Tolkien to Titan

Bilbo Baggins journeyed many places in Middle-Earth, but it turns out his quest extends to other planets, too.

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Saturn's Satellite Titan
Tue, July 31 2018

Uncovering the Secrets of the Ranger 7

During the conservation of the Museum's Ranger 7 spacecraft, our conservator and space history curator uncovered some unexpected details about the object. 

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Ranger Spacecraft Cameras and Lens
Wed, July 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

NASA launched TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, on April 18, 2018, continuing our search for planets outside of our solar system (aka exoplanets). 

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Happy (Planet) Hunting

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Tue, July 24 2018

Spaceflight and Surviving Shark Attacks

Shaq does shark week. Ronda Rousey against a bull shark. Bear Grylls faces off with … yes … a shark. Shark Week is full of celebrities having close encounters with one of the ocean’s greatest predators, but did you know early astronauts were also prepared for their own tussle with the fearsome fish?

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Shark Repellent, Project Mercury
Fri, July 20 2018

Looking Closer at the Saturn V

On July 20, 1969, a whole nation tuned in to see astronaut Neil Armstrong take one small step on the surface of the Moon, ushering in a new era of space exploration. But how did Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts get to the Moon in the first place?

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Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch
Tue, July 3 2018

Here's Why The US Flag Sometimes Appears Backwards

Is the American flag backwards on the side of Space Shuttle Discovery? No, the “backwards” flag is actually part of the US Flag Code.

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Space Shuttle Discovery on Display
Thu, June 28 2018

AirSpace Ep.8:
Cute Little Robots in Danger?

Did we just find life on Mars? No. But NASA did announce two exciting new discoveries on the Red Planet—just before a Martian dust storm engulfed the planet. 

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AirSpace Ep.8:
Cute Little Robots in Danger?

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Sat, June 23 2018

40 Years of (Triton) Summer

Other planets in our solar system experience seasons, too. On Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, seasons last an average of 40 years, complete with nitrogen snow. Here’s how Triton’s summer solstice compares to Earth’s.

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Triton
Fri, June 22 2018

What an Accidental Discovery Told Us About Pluto

June of this year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. At the time of Charon’s discovery, scientists weren’t even looking for it.

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Pluto’s Satellite Charon
Thu, June 21 2018

Three Things to Know About Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are three things you might not know about the longest day of the year.

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Sun close-up - Dec 30, 2011

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