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Mon, July 22 2019

Innovation That Echoes for Eternity

In this guest blog from Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, Roy Avezedo reflects on Raytheon's role in the Apollo 11 mission and what comes next.

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Sun, July 21 2019

The “First” Members of the Caterpillar Club

Only two survived the crash of the Wingfoot Express—Henry Wacker, the chief mechanic, and John Boettner, the pilot.  They became known as members one and two of the Caterpillar Club, an organization formed in November 1922 consisting of people who had used parachutes to make an emergency jump.

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Sat, July 20 2019

Apollo Memorabilia: Command Module Handbag

As the Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, we also celebrate some of the unique pieces of memorabilia created to mark that human achievement. In addition to the pins, patches, buttons, medals, matchbooks, sweatshirts, and commemorative plates the Smithsonian holds in the national collection, this unique ladies handbag is one of my favorites.

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Fri, July 19 2019

Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Close Call

In this guest blog from Smithsonian Channel, we share the story of Neil Armstrong's Lunar Landing Research Vehicle crash in May 1968.

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Thu, July 18 2019

Print Your Own (Version of a) Lunar Module

Print your own version of the lunar module tactile model on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall.

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Wed, July 17 2019

"One Small Step for Man" or "a Man"?

Spacesuit curator Cathleen Lewis explains Neil Armstrong's quote appears the way it does in the case of Neil Armstrong's spacesuit.

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Wed, July 17 2019

"We Choose to Go to the Moon" and Other Apollo Speeches

We take a look at the famous speeches that led to the first Moon landing, and one that thankfully never had to be delivered.

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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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