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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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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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AirSpace Ep.14:
Today's Lesson

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
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.
Thu, September 20 2018

Transcribing Francis Gary Powers’ Soviet Prison Diary

The U-2 Incident and Francis Gary Powers captured the world’s attention in 1960. Now, 58 years later, volunteers all around the world can transcribe his words.

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Francis Gary Powers' Diary
Wed, September 19 2018

How Sticky-Footed Lizards Inspire Space Technology

Scientists have been looking for creative solutions to clean up space junk. One proposal from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory looks to nature for inspiration: the gecko. 

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Gecko from the National Zoo
Tue, September 18 2018

Flying Firsts: The USAF's First Female Fighter Pilot

Jeannie M. Leavitt became the Air Force’s first female fighter pilot in 1993.

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Jeannie Leavitt, First USAF Female Fighter Pilot
Fri, September 14 2018

Supplying a City by Air: The Berlin Airlift

Seventy years ago, on June 24, 1948, the Soviet Union closed all surface routes into the western zone of Berlin. For 18 months, American and British aircrews flew around-the-clock bringing supplies into Berlin, in a mission called the Berlin Airlift.

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Operation Little Vittles, Berlin Airlift

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