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Tue, July 16 2019

Conserving a Wearable Legacy

Before returning Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 spacesuit to display in time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, it underwent extensive conservation and a state-of-the-art display case and mannequin was designed to protect it while on display.

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Tue, July 16 2019

Digitizing Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit

Working with the museum, the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office 3D scanned Neil Armstrong's spacesuit, helmet, and gloves. The resulting 3D models, which have been fully annotated by the suit’s curator and conservator, are now available.

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Fri, July 12 2019

The Social Value of Abstraction in Lamar Dodd’s NASA Art

From an outsider’s perspective, Lamar Dodd must have seemed like an unlikely choice for a commission to create paintings on the subject of space. Dodd was in the first group recruited for the NASA Art Program, which tasked artists with translating the cultural and scientific monumentality of the space missions to a national audience.

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Thu, July 11 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

In part two of Walking on the Moon, we’re talking about the important science still happening with Apollo Moon rocks here on Earth a half-century later. 

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.9
Walking on the Moon Part 2

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Thu, July 11 2019

"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

On July 11, 1969 – only 5 days before Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin set out on their journey to the Moon – a relatively unknown British musician named David Bowie released a single titled Space Oddity.

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"Ground Control to Major Tom"  The Apollo Playlist Part 1

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Wed, July 10 2019

Dog-Eared on the Moon?

When early astronauts traveled into space, and in this case, the Moon, lives depended on communications equipment that kept them in contact at all times with those stationed on Earth, like this "Snoopy Cap" communications carrier.

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Dog-Eared on the Moon?

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Tue, July 9 2019

Support at Predawn: The NASA Art Program and James Dean

The NASA Art Program played an important role in representing the excitement and public interest in early spaceflight missions like Apollo 11. As we look back at key moments from the historic missions, we do so not only through photographs and oral histories, but through the eyes of artists as well. 

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Fri, July 5 2019

Inspired by Apollo: How a TV Broadcast Led Me (Almost) to Space

"When I was a kid – maybe 5 or 6 – I remember my dad calling me into the living room and sitting me down in front of our almost comically tiny black-and-white TV screen."

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Inspired by Apollo: How a TV Broadcast Led Me (Almost) to Space

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Thu, July 4 2019

Star-Spangled Artifacts

In honor of Fourth of July, we explore artifacts in our collection with American flags.

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Wed, July 3 2019

Bob Gilruth: Architect of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo

Bob Gilruth, more than anyone else, created the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs and the Houston center that managed them.

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