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Thu, July 12 2018

AirSpace Ep.9:
Spies in the Skies

People have been spying on each other for forever. This episode is about what changed when spies upped their game (literally), rising into the sky. 

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Spies in the Skies

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Tue, July 10 2018

Space, Stars, and Success: Meet Samantha O’Sullivan

Samantha O’Sullivan grew up visiting the National Air and Space Museum. Now, she works in our "How Things Fly" gallery as part of the Explainers Program.

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Explainer Samantha O'Sullivan
Tue, July 3 2018

Here's Why The US Flag Sometimes Appears Backwards

Is the American flag backwards on the side of Space Shuttle Discovery? No, the “backwards” flag is actually part of the US Flag Code.

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Space Shuttle Discovery on Display
Thu, June 28 2018

AirSpace Ep.8:
Cute Little Robots in Danger?

Did we just find life on Mars? No. But NASA did announce two exciting new discoveries on the Red Planet—just before a Martian dust storm engulfed the planet. 

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Cute Little Robots in Danger?

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Wed, June 27 2018

Helen James' Fight for Equality in the Military

A new National Air and Space Museum Archives collection documents the story of Helen James, a member of the United States Air Force who was arrested and discharged as part of a campaign to remove LGBTQ people from government employment in the 1950s.

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Helen G. James Inside a Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Mon, June 25 2018

Armistice and Peace: Victory Letters from WWI

Letters home from the front reveal the personal side of wars.  On Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, marking the end of World War I, many American soliders serving abroad were instructed to write victory letters to their fathers. As we move towards the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, a pair of victory letters from France and Connecticut illustrate a different understanding between home and the front, armistice and peace. 

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Portrait of Harold F. Pierce, September 1918
Sat, June 23 2018

40 Years of (Triton) Summer

Other planets in our solar system experience seasons, too. On Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, seasons last an average of 40 years, complete with nitrogen snow. Here’s how Triton’s summer solstice compares to Earth’s.

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Fri, June 22 2018

What an Accidental Discovery Told Us About Pluto

June of this year marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. At the time of Charon’s discovery, scientists weren’t even looking for it.

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Pluto’s Satellite Charon
Thu, June 21 2018

Three Things to Know About Summer Solstice

Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Here are three things you might not know about the longest day of the year.

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Sun close-up - Dec 30, 2011
Wed, June 20 2018

Parker Solar Probe's Mission to Solve Stranger Things

Parker Solar Probe's mission to figure out three strange things that the Sun does.

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The Sun - April 25, 2013

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