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Thu, August 30 2018

5 Unusual Facts About Space Shuttle Discovery

While the Discovery is hard to miss at the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, the little-known details help tell the orbiter’s unique and important history.  

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Space Shuttle Discovery's Maiden Voyage
Mon, August 27 2018

"Women of NASA" LEGO Prototype Joins Collection

The prototype for the popular Women of NASA LEGO® set joined the Museum’s collection last week, helping tell the story of how Americans are inspired by groundbreakers in aerospace.

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Original Prototypes of the  LEGO® Ideas "Women of NASA" Set
Thu, August 23 2018

AirSpace Ep.12:
Around the World/Around the World

The international community has contributed more to the exploration of space and our understanding of the universe than you might think. From India to Israel, lots of countries are sending missions to Mars, landing on comets, and observing Earth from orbit.

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Around the World/Around the World

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Wed, August 22 2018

The Man Behind High-Speed Safety Standards

At Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico on December 10, 1954, the Sonic Wind No. 1 rocket sled let loose 40,000 pounds of thrust and propelled United States Air Force flight surgeon Col. John Stapp more than 3,000 feet in a few seconds. The benefits of Stapp’s research are evident every time a driver pulls on a seatbelt or a jet pilot safely ejects from a damaged aircraft.

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John Paul Stapp Rocket Sled Test
Mon, August 20 2018

The Technological Breakthroughs of the Viking Lander

The Viking 1 lander, which launched on a 10-month journey to Mars in August of 1975, paved the way for the future of scientific inquiry in space. Here's a closer look at how the lander worked. 

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Viking Lander Sample Canisters
Fri, August 17 2018

She Can STEM Camp Takes Off 

The Museum’s She Can STEM summer camp is aimed at introducing aviation to 60 underrepresented middle school girls in the DC metro area.

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She Can STEM Camp Discovery Flight
Tue, August 14 2018

Amazon Drone Comes to Air and Space

The story of this emerging technology will be a cornerstone of our new Thomas W. Haas We All Fly gallery, a new exhibition that is part of the ongoing reimagining of the Museum. We are excited to feature an example of Amazon’s work in the autonomous aerial delivery field—the Amazon Prime Air Hybrid Drone.

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Amazon Hybrid Delivery Drone
Fri, August 10 2018

Explore Newly Digitized Photos of WWII Women Pilots

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the WASP founding in August 1943, we are excited to bring you some original, newly digitized images from the National Archives. 

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WAFs with North American P-51
Wed, August 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.11:
The Ninety-Nines

It took a certain amount of pure grit to be a pilot in the early days of aviation – and even more for the women who had to defy convention just to get up in the air.

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Wed, August 8 2018

Kiddo the Cat, Reluctant Aviator

On October 15, 1910, Kiddo the cat became the first of his kind to attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean by airship—and he wasn’t very happy about it.

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Vaniman and Kiddo

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