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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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Tue, July 2 2019

Buzz Aldrin's Ph.D Thesis

Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin was the first astronaut to have a Ph.D. We explore his thesis on “Line-of-Sight Guidance Techniques for Manned Orbital Rendezvous.”

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Mon, July 1 2019

Abe Silverstein and the Race to the Moon

Abraham Silverstein (1908-2001), created and named the Apollo program and, most critically, pushed the adoption of liquid hydrogen as a rocket fuel for the boosters that launched Apollo. 

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Fri, June 28 2019

"Passenger Number One" on Pan American's First Transatlantic Flight

In 2019, we commemorate several transatlantic firsts, including the 100th anniversaries of the first transatlantic flight by the Navy NC-4 in May and the first nonstop transatlantic flight by John Alcock and Arthur Brown. June 28 marks the 80th anniversary of the inaugural Pan American Airways transatlantic passenger flight in 1939. For William John Eck, it was a voyage for which he had waited eight long years. Finally, he was “Passenger Number One”!

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Thu, June 27 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep.8
Walking on the Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, AirSpace examines what we knew then, what we know now, and what mysteries of lunar science still remain.

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AirSpace Season 2|Ep.8
Walking on the Moon

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Wed, June 26 2019

Garber's Thirteen Famous Aircraft

We explore Smithsonian aeronautics historian Paul Garber's list of thirteen most important aircraft of all time, circa the 1950s.

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