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Fri, May 11 2018

The Real Technology Behind 2001’s HAL

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, some reflections on the most famous character in the film: HAL, the on-board computer.

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The ILLIAC IV Computer System
Thu, May 10 2018

AirSpace Ep.6:
Gastro-naut

You’ve heard about a gastropub, but what about an astropub? Nobody becomes an astronaut for the food, but space cuisine has come a long way since the 1960s.

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Gastro-naut

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Wed, May 9 2018

Engineering Challenges in the AAR Design Hangar

We explore the real-world engineering process in the Design Hangar at the Museum in Washington, DC. Now, you can try out our design challenges at home with just a few kitchen supplies. 

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The How Things Fly Design Hangar
Tue, May 8 2018

Astronauts Thank the Teachers Who Helped Them Soar

NASA astronauts thank the educators who helped inspire them to achieve their dreams. 

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Teacher workshop explores Moon phase activity
Fri, May 4 2018

The Star Wars Galaxy in Real Space

How fans celebrate the Star Wars galaxy, whether it's at the National Air and Space Museum or aboard the International Space Station. 

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The Star Wars Galaxy in Real Space

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The Last Jedi Screening Aboard the ISS
Mon, April 30 2018

Meet Our New Director Ellen Stofan

Get to know Ellen Stofan, the National Air and Space Museum’s next John and Adrienne Mars Director.

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Ellen Stofan
Fri, April 27 2018

The Volunteer Stars of the Public Observatory

As part of our celebration of Volunteer Appreciation Month, we asked some of our volunteers to share their experience working with visitors at the Museum.

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Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory staff and volunteers
Wed, April 25 2018

The King and Queen of Speed's Life in the Fast Lane

Meet Jon and Patricia Sharp, the husband and wife duo behind Nemesis Air Racing. 

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Jon and Patricia Sharp
Tue, April 24 2018

2001: A Space Odyssey in Orbit

When my STS-98 crew launched into orbit on February 7, 2001—the first human space launch of the millennium—I marked the milestone by carrying with me two personal mementos of the landmark Stanly Kubrick science fiction film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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2001: A Space Odyssey in Orbit

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Astronaut Thomas D. Jones Holding Copy of 2001 A Space Odyssey During STS-98
Thu, April 19 2018

An Aviation Pioneer's Life in Documents

The personal papers of William J. Powell, an early African American aviation pioneer, highlight his career with the American Expeditionary Forces and his work to support African Americans in aviation.

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William J. Powell

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