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Thu, November 29 2018

Looking Back at "Looking at Earth"

After 32 years, the gallery will close on December 3 as the Museum embarks on a years-long project to revitalize our infrastructure and transform our exhibitions. What better time to take a look back at the early days of the exhibit and how it came together?

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Looking Back at "Looking at Earth"

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Lockheed U-2 high-altitude photoreconnaissance airplane in Looking at Earth
Fri, November 23 2018

The InSight Lander, Looking Deep into the Red Planet

The InSight lander, designed to study the interior of Mars, is the latest in a history of NASA lander and rover missions that goes back to the 1970s.

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The InSight Lander, Looking Deep into the Red Planet

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InSight Probes the ‘Inner Space' of Mars
Fri, November 23 2018

AirSpace Ep.18:
Good Vibrations

Have you heard? NASA’s InSight lander is set to touchdown on Mars next Monday, November 26. So, grab your popcorn and leftover turkey and get ready to witness the latest Martian robot land on the Red Planet.

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AirSpace Ep.18:
Good Vibrations

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Wed, November 21 2018

How Communications Satellites Helped the World Mourn JFK

John F. Kennedy's assassination on November 22 and his funeral on November 25 occurred at a moment in which "live via satellite" was beginning to enter the Cold War world. Satellites broadcast information about his death around the world in a way never possible before.

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Kennedy Family Leaving Funeral Ceremony for President John F. Kennedy
Fri, November 16 2018

Capturing Earth's Geography From Space

Before you review your #GeographyFromSpace answers below, learn more about how instruments captured these important images.

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Geography From Space - Question 8
Fri, November 9 2018

Veterans Experience a Journey of Lifetime to Air and Space

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center was a special stop on the “Journey of Heroes” program, bringing veterans and Holocaust survivors to Washington, DC.

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Veteran at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
Thu, November 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.17:
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

2 Space Shuttles + 1 asteroid the size of Texas + a dash of 90s rock = the most terribly wonderful space movie of all time? Well, maybe for Emily, Matt, and Nick.  This fall has got us hooked on space movies. So, Emily, Matt, and Nick decided to rewatch the 1998 film Armageddon to see how many inaccuracies they could find. 

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AirSpace Ep.17:
I Don't Want to Miss a Thing

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Wed, November 7 2018

After Armistice: Continuing Archival Research on World War I

Even though we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice on November 11, 2018, the effects of World War I can be felt to this day.  In the Archives, there are still so many stories left to tell.  Many of our World War I collections are now digitized (some in their entirety) and you can continue to explore these stories on your own.

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Arthur Raymond Brooks and His SPAD XIII "Smith IV"
Mon, November 5 2018

How Do Astronauts Vote From Space?

How do you cast your ballot when you are floating over 200 miles above your polling place? Thanks to a special electronic absentee ballot, astronauts are able to vote from space.

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The International Space Station (ISS)
Fri, November 2 2018

How an Astronaut Smuggled a Sandwich Into Space

On the historic Gemini 3 mission, astronaut John Young brought along something unexpected--a corned beef sandwich. 

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John Young and Gus Grissom

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