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Tue, October 13 2020

The Moon: Before We Knew

Reading Mark Wick’s novel To Mars Via the Moon words motivated reflection on how our thinking of the Moon changed as real-life science and technology has evolved, in contrast to science ficton.

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Moon
Wed, September 23 2020

A Mars Rover Lands in Virginia

A new Mars rover has landed at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Surface System Test-Bed (SSTB) is nearly identical to the MER twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity that landed on Mars in 2004. What makes the SSTB different, however, is that it was designed for use on Earth.

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The Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Tue, September 15 2020

AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Crossing Lunar Orbit

Leaving Earth on your way to Mars, the first pit stop you might make is the Moon’s orbit. In this episode, we follow three Mars-bound space travelers from Mark Wicks’ novel, To Mars via the Moon.

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Thu, August 27 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.4
The Greatest Discovery

If you had $500 MILLION dollars to spend going anywhere in the solar system (rocket not included), where would YOU go? That’s exactly what NASA asks scientists in its Discovery Program. 

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The Greatest Discovery

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Tue, August 18 2020

AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Launch

To accompany NASA's Perseverance rover on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala.

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Voyages to Mars: Launch

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Thu, August 13 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.3
Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

We’ve talked about planetary protection on the pod before, but it’s never felt closer to home than now, so we’re digging a little deeper into what it takes to keep our planet safe from space germs and keep space safe from Earth germs.

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Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

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Thu, July 23 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.2
The Rover

At least someone's big summer trip isn't cancelled—NASA is sending another rover to Mars! 

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Thu, July 9 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.1
Back in the USSR

Welcome to Season 3! Today we’re talking about secret space shuttles--seriously! 

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Back in the USSR

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Wed, July 1 2020

Launch a Conversation

We invite you to Launch a Conversation with your friends and family about launches in American history and what was going on during those times.

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Apollo 8 Liftoff
Tue, June 2 2020

The Challenge Before Us: A Historical Reflection on 1969 and 2020

On the same day that a commercially-built spacecraft docked with the ISS for the first time, cities across this nation experienced widespread protests sparked by profound racial disparities. The confluence of events drew comparisons to 1968 and 1969, when successful flights to the Moon occurred in the midst of a similarly fraught moment. Curator Margaret Weitekamp reflects.

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"Poor People's Campaign" March

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