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Wed, April 22 2020

50 Years of Earth Day: Why This Anniversary Matters

Space history curator Martin Collins reflects on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and it means today.

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Earthrise from Apollo 8
Tue, April 21 2020

Earth Day 50 Years Later

Museum director reflects on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and what we can do to protect the planet we call home.

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Global View
Mon, April 20 2020

Sleeker and Faster: The Impact of the Full Scale Wind Tunnel

Curator John Anderson explores the impact of the NACA's Full Scale Wind Tunnel on creating faster and sleeker airplanes to help the Allies win World War II.

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XF2A-1 in the Full Scale Wind Tunnel
Fri, April 17 2020

75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

On April 17, 1945, 75 years ago to this day, Flak-Bait's Army Air Forces crew led it on its 200th mission.

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75 Years Ago: Flak-Bait Survives the War

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Flak-Bait Aircrew
Fri, April 17 2020

Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU

Space historian Paul Ceruzzi looks at a less well-known detail of the Apollo 13 mission: the Inertial Measurement Unit, which was essential to ensuring the safe return of the astronauts after an explosion damaged the service module on the way to the Moon. 

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Restarting the Apollo 13 Command Module IMU
Fri, April 17 2020

Reflecting on Apollo 13

Deputy director Chris Browne reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission.

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Thomas O. Paine
Thu, April 16 2020

Conserving the Creativity that Saved the Apollo 13 Astronauts

Conservator Lauren Gottschlich explores the conservation work recently done on a replica of the altered lithium hydroxide filter used during the Apollo 13 mission.

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Apollo 13 Lithium Hydroxide Canisters
Thu, April 16 2020

Visual Information and Apollo 13

Space history curator Jennifer Levasseur examines photographs taken during the Apollo 13 mission and how they helped NASA understand what went wrong with the service module.

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Damaged Apollo 13 Service Module
Wed, April 15 2020

How Gene Kranz’s Plainest Vest Became His Most Famous

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, curator Margaret Weitekamp looks at the history and significance of one of our most iconic artifacts from the mission: Gene Kranz's white vest.

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Gene Kranz's Apollo 13 Vest
Tue, April 14 2020

Apollo 13 AMA Recap

On Monday, April 13, the 50th anniversary of "Houston, we've had a problem," the Museum's Apollo curator Teasel Muir-Harmony participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) on r/space with NASA Chief Historian Bill Barry, and Apollo in Real Time creator and data visualization engineer Ben Feist.

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Apollo 13 Astronauts on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima

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