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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
Fri, October 12 2018

How Fast Was the Fastest Air Racer in 1925?

Cyrus K. Bettis was a leading US Army Air Service pilot in the 1920s that became the world’s fastest air racer in 1925. In July 2018, members of his family visited the Museum to donate artifacts and archival materials documenting his life near the airplane that he flew and the prizes that he won.

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Reed Propeller
Thu, October 11 2018

AirSpace Ep.15:
Smoke From a Distant Fire

Wildfire season is getting longer, according to the US Forest Service, making firefighting a bigger, more vital operation each year. In this episode, Emily, Matt, and Nick take a look at how the pros fight wildfires with everything from large water-carrying airtankers and helicopters to daring smokejumpers who parachute into the blaze equipped with axes, shovels, and chainsaws. 

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Smoke From a Distant Fire

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Thu, October 4 2018

Four History-Making Latinos You Should Know

Since the earliest days of flight, Hispanic men and women have shaped aviation—breaking records, exploring the farthest reaches of our world, and shaping what’s possible in the aerospace field.  

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Major Marisol A. Chalas
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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Today's Lesson

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Wed, September 26 2018

Photos from a Record-Breaking Trip Around the World

At age 30, Afghan-American pilot Shaesta Waiz became the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single-engine aircraft. (She managed to snap a photo or two along the way.) Waiz shared some of her favorite images from her record-breaking journey.

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Shaesta Waiz in Egypt
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.

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