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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
Fri, September 14 2018

How Satellites Track Storms From Space

During a major storm, we take satellite tracking for granted. Before 1960 this type of weather observation was not possible.

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Image of Hurricane Florence From GOES Satellite
Thu, September 13 2018

AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

Want to know what it’s like in outer space? Your best bet is under the sea. 

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AirSpace Ep.13:
Under Pressure

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Tue, September 11 2018

Examining the Starship Enterprise 

It’s the ship that would boldly go on to make history—the Star Trek starship Enterprise studio model, used in the filming of the iconic television show, which premiered on NBC in September of 1966. Take a closer look at the makings of the starship Enterprise.

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Examining the Starship Enterprise 

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Star Trek Starship Enterprise Studio Model
Thu, September 6 2018

Conserving Spock's Ear

It’s become one of the most well-known appendages in pop culture history—Spock’s pointed ears, signaling him as half-Vulcan, and now synonymous with the beloved sci-fi series. The Museum’s conservation team recently treated a replica ear in our collection.

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Replica Spock Ear
Fri, August 31 2018

When Enterprise Met Discovery

Space Shuttle Enterprise, the first space shuttle orbiter ever built, was once displayed where Discovery is today. Despite both being part of the Space Shuttle program, the two served very different purposes and tell very different stories.

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When Enterprise Met Discovery

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Space Shuttles Enterprise and Discovery Meet Nose-to-Nose
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

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