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Tue, July 31 2018

Uncovering the Secrets of the Ranger 7

During the conservation of the Museum's Ranger 7 spacecraft, our conservator and space history curator uncovered some unexpected details about the object. 

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Ranger Spacecraft Cameras and Lens
Sat, July 28 2018

Bird’s Eye Viewfinder: 160 Years of Aerial Photography

In 1858, French photographer Gaspar Félix Tournachon took a photo of a village from his hot air balloon--the first aerial photograph. Since then, aerial photography has changed how we see the world around us. 

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Julius Neubronner's “Pigeon Camera.”
Fri, July 27 2018

High Adrenaline, High Altitude: HALO Jumps

Featured in the new film Mission: Impossible — Fallout, the HALO jump is a real—and dangerous—military maneuver that’s been used by special forces teams for decades.

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Tom Cruise Filming a HALO Jump
Thu, July 26 2018

Showcasing Aerobatic Aviation

For the past eight years, aerobatic aviator Sean D. Tucker has performed daring tricksin his Oracle Challenger III. Now, it’ll become part of the National Air and Space Museum collection.

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Oracle Challenger III
Wed, July 25 2018

AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

NASA launched TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, on April 18, 2018, continuing our search for planets outside of our solar system (aka exoplanets). 

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AirSpace Ep.10:
Happy (Planet) Hunting

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast
Tue, July 24 2018

Spaceflight and Surviving Shark Attacks

Shaq does shark week. Ronda Rousey against a bull shark. Bear Grylls faces off with … yes … a shark. Shark Week is full of celebrities having close encounters with one of the ocean’s greatest predators, but did you know early astronauts were also prepared for their own tussle with the fearsome fish?

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Shark Repellent, Project Mercury
Fri, July 20 2018

Looking Closer at the Saturn V

On July 20, 1969, a whole nation tuned in to see astronaut Neil Armstrong take one small step on the surface of the Moon, ushering in a new era of space exploration. But how did Armstrong and the Apollo 11 astronauts get to the Moon in the first place?

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Apollo 11 Saturn V Launch
Thu, July 19 2018

Katherine Stinson: Stunt Flier, Record Setter

Pilot Katherine Stinson flipped the conventions of her era on their head--literally and figuratively--when she became the first female pilot to fly the loop on July 18, 1915.

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Katherine Stinson
Sat, July 14 2018

The Grave of Quentin Roosevelt

On July 14, 1918, Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, died outside of Chamery, France, his Nieuport 28 shot down by a German pilot. To American aviators and soldiers, the grave of Quentin Roosevelt became a shrine, his death a touchstone for service and sacrifice, appearing in many World War I era scrapbooks and collections held by the National Air and Space Museum Archives.

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Soldier Views Grave of Quentin Roosevelt, Chamery, France
Fri, July 13 2018

Tips and Tricks for Your Summer Museum Visit

If you’re planning a stop at our Museum on your next vacation, we’ve got some tips to help you make the most out of your visit!   

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