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Tue, February 6 2018

Space-X's Falcon Heavy Could Shake Up Spaceflight

Today’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, designed and manufactured by Space-X, is what space history curator Tom Lassman describes as “next generation” rocketry, but with roots in the 1960s “Space Age” and technology that helped bring Apollo 11 to the Moon.

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Falcon Heavy demo mission, December 28, 2017
Mon, February 5 2018

Going Beyond Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared telescope set to launch in 2019, will see beyond what Hubble can show us: the first stars, galaxies, and black holes; comets, asteroids, and satellites; and more throughout our solar system and beyond.

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Close Up of the James Webb Space Telescope
Thu, February 1 2018

Reflections on Spaceflight and Memory

For those involved or interested in human spaceflight, the last week of January is a solemn time of remembrance, as we commemorate Apollo 1 and the Space Shuttle missions Challenger and Columbia. How does our Museum deal with the memory of such tragedies? 

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The Space Shuttle Challenger’s first launch, 1983
Thu, February 1 2018

A Classroom Copes with the Columbia Disaster

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbia disaster.  Every year on this date I think about the crew of the Columbia, my students, and my most difficult day as a teacher. 

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STS-107 Crew of Space Shuttle "Columbia"
Tue, January 30 2018

"America by Air" Gets Airline Boost

The Museum will have a brand new opportunity to tell the story of air transportation thanks, in part, to a gift from eight major airlines. 

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"America by Air" Entry Rendering
Tue, January 30 2018

Test This Supermoon Illusion Tomorrow

Tomorrow's supermoon is actually being called a “super blue blood moon,” and it’s really rare. Here's what to look for.

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The year’s first full moon is sometimes known as the Wolf Moon.
Tue, January 30 2018

Super Sabre’s Service in South Vietnam

In the quiet of the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia sits the U.S. Air Force F-100D “Super Sabre,” serial number 56-3440. 440 was in Vietnam from June 1965 until July 1970, but its most intense combat was seen 50 years ago, during the Tet Offensive.

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F-100Ds over South Vietnam, 1966
Mon, January 29 2018

Photographing an Airport in Transition

Airports are transitional spaces, serving the Earth and the sky, a zone where both humans and technology are intertwined. Since 2007, Athenian-born photographer Alexandros Lambrovassilis has been photographing the transition occurring at Ellinikon International Airport, the international airport in Athens, Greece that closed in 2001.

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A view of the Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece, which closed in 2001.
Sat, January 27 2018

A Closer Look at Landing Gear

Take a closer look at the Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless' unique landing gear, and how it impacts the flight of the aircraft. 

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 Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
Fri, January 26 2018

The Missing History of the Explorer 1 Satellite

Sometimes, seeing isn't believing until you take something apart. On the 60th anniversary of the launch of Explorer 1 by the United States, I'm prompted to recall the most valuable lesson I ever learned about what it means to be a curator.

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Explorer 1 (backup)

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