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Mon, April 8 2019

Start From Stupid (or How STEM in 30 Happens)

Explore how a flight with the Hurricane Hunters, an experience in a 100 mph wind tunnel, and a trip to film with ABC News Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee is shaped into an episode of our webcast series, STEM in 30.

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Fri, April 5 2019

A Guiding Light: The Airway Beacon Tower

The first pioneering pilots flew the airways during the day without purpose-designed maps. This presented a problem for the U.S. Post Office: Without flying at night, airmail was slower than by railroad and the higher cost of air transport had no value.

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Tue, April 2 2019

Remembering Julian Nott, Ballooning Pioneer

The world of sport aviation suffered a tragic loss on March 25, 2019, with the death of Julian R.P. Nott after an accident on the ground following a successful landing of an experimental balloon. Nott was one of the founders of the modern sport ballooning movement and an innovator in the field.

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Fri, March 29 2019

AirSpace 
Bonus Briefing

As you may have heard, astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain were scheduled to perform a spacewalk today. AirSpace hosts Emily, Matt, and Nick break down why this changed. 

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Bonus Briefing

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Thu, March 28 2019

AirSpace Season 2|Ep. 2
Rover R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

AirSpace listeners know that no space mission is complete without a cool name, and there’s no “higher” recognition than having a space probe named in your honor (see what we did there?). 

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Rover R-E-S-P-E-C-T 

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Thu, March 28 2019

The Many Flights of the Czar of Baseball

In the wake of the Black Sox Scandal, Baseball was looking to restore its integrity with a leader with his feet firmly on the ground. They elected Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner (or “Czar”) of Baseball.  A long-serving jurist from Chicago, Landis was known for his decisions against big businesses, such as Standard Oil, and for slipping out to Cubs and White Sox games.  But Landis also had his head in the clouds, a true aviation enthusiast!

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Wed, March 27 2019

Going Subsonic: Moving the T-38 Talon

Pioneering female pilot Jackie Cochran set eight world speed, altitude, and distance records in our Northrop T-38 Talon. In this blog, we talk to a member of our collections team about the process of moving the aircraft's fuselage from Maryland to Virginia in December 2018.

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Tue, March 26 2019

Women Who Defy

National Air and Space Museum director reflects on the trailblazing women in aviation and space that inspire her.

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Fri, March 22 2019

"A Fog-Filled Canal on Mars"

In this guest blog post, Chesley Bonestell expert Melvin Schuetz reflects on the Bonestell artwork "A Fog-Filled Canal on Mars."

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Wed, March 20 2019

Decades of Inspiration from Chesley Bonestell

This guest blog post by space artist Ron Miller explores the impact illustrator Chesley Bonestell had on his life, and recounts 50 years of telling Bonestell's story.

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