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Thu, August 20 2020

Gaining Inspiration from The Martian Chronicles

August 22, 2020, is the 100th anniversary of science fiction author Ray Bradbury’s birth. To honor the centennial, Museum geologist John Grant reflects on Bradbury’s impact on his career studying Mars.

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Gaining Inspiration from The Martian Chronicles

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Ray Bradbury
Wed, August 19 2020

A “Wonder Weapon” Against Japan? The American V-1

The V-1 cruise missile was not the war-changing weapon Nazi leaders hoped it would be but the American military set out to copy it for use against Japan prior to an invasion.

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Loon Missile
Tue, August 18 2020

Women's Suffrage Stories in the Archives

On August 18, 2020, the United States celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which declared that the right to vote "shall not be denied...on account of sex." Several collections in the National Air and Space Museum Archives provide short stories along the long path of the women’s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment.

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Page from Ruth Law Scrapbook - Votes for Women Ribbon
Tue, August 18 2020

AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Launch

To accompany NASA's Perseverance rover on its seven-month journey, we’re compiling a literary mixtape of Martian-themed sci-fi set to music by DJ Kid Koala.

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AirSpace Presents
Voyages to Mars: Launch

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Voyages to Mars
Mon, August 17 2020

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver: The “Big-Tailed Beast”

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver could have been the U.S. Navy’s frontline carrier-based dive bomber for much of World War II, but problems with its development delayed its introduction and saddled it with a bad reputation.

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HGC-757
Fri, August 14 2020

Beneath the Surface: Audrey Flack’s Photorealism

Viewing the painting Spitfire, 1973, by photorealist painter Audrey Flack is like looking at a plane spotting puzzle.

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Audrey Flack - Spitfire (1973)
Thu, August 13 2020

Building the U.S. Air Force: The Legacy of World War II Aces

Curator of U.S. Air Force History Mike Hankins looks at the post-World War II careers of three Air Force aces.

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James and Olds
Thu, August 13 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.3
Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

We’ve talked about planetary protection on the pod before, but it’s never felt closer to home than now, so we’re digging a little deeper into what it takes to keep our planet safe from space germs and keep space safe from Earth germs.

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Mask, Gloves, Soap, Scrubs

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Logo for AirSpace Podcast 2020
Wed, August 12 2020

Defending the Superbomber: The B-29’s Central Fire Control System

Aeronautics curator Christophere Moore explores one important advancement on the B-29 Superfortress: its central fire control system.

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B-29 Upper Gunner
Tue, August 11 2020

Japanese Wonder Weapons

Aeronautics curator Bob van der Linden discusses the last-minute "wonder weapons" planned by Japan in the final days of World War II.

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Kugisho MXY7 Ohka (Cherry Blossom) 22

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