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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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Voyages to Mars
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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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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The Rover

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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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Tue, May 26 2020

Redefining How NASA Gets into Space

On the eve of SpaceX's first Crew Dragon launch, space history curator Jennifer Levasseur examines how NASA's relationship with the contractors that build its spacecraft has changed since the first days of human spaceflight. 

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Crew Dragon spacecraft
Fri, April 17 2020

Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU

Space historian Paul Ceruzzi looks at a less well-known detail of the Apollo 13 mission: the Inertial Measurement Unit, which was essential to ensuring the safe return of the astronauts after an explosion damaged the service module on the way to the Moon. 

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Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU
Thu, April 16 2020

Conserving the Creativity that Saved the Apollo 13 Astronauts

Conservator Lauren Gottschlich explores the conservation work recently done on a replica of the altered lithium hydroxide filter used during the Apollo 13 mission.

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Apollo 13 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters
Thu, April 9 2020

3D Scanning Space Shuttle Discovery

The Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office takes you behind the scenes of how they captured a comprehensive 3D dataset of the largest museum artifact ever to be digitized: Space Shuttle Discovery

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3D Scanning Space Shuttle Discovery

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Digitizing Discovery
Thu, July 4 2019

Star-Spangled Artifacts

In honor of Fourth of July, we explore artifacts in our collection with American flags.

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