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Tue, July 19 2016

Help Us Write the History of Armstrong’s Spacesuit

One of our goals for this conservation project is to create a concrete timeline of the spacesuit’s condition and to document any historical repairs. To do that, we need your help. We’re looking for photos of the spacesuit from its national tour beginning in 1970, the gloves and helmet on later tours, and the spacesuit on display at the Smithsonian between 1971 and 1976.

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Armstrong's Apollo 11 Spacesuit
Sun, July 17 2016

Aeromarine Ice Cream Party

July is National Ice Cream Month!  On March 16, 1922, the staff of Aeromarine Airways in Miami, Florida, held an impromptu ice cream...

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Eating Ice Cream at the Aeromarine Airways
Fri, July 15 2016

Launching an Apollo 11 Anniversary Celebration

“We know it will be a good ride,” Astronaut Neil Armstrong said. He was responding to well wishes from the NASA launch operations manager just 15 seconds before automatic sequence. And he was right. It was a good ride.

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Apollo 11 Clears the Launch Tower
Thu, July 14 2016

Recognizing Figures in Early French Flight

This Bastille Day, we take time to recognize some of the most colorful personalities in early French flight including Jules Védrines who was known as a rough-and-tumble, foul-mouthed, and unpredictable aviator and Hubert Latham who once declared to the French president that he was "a man of the world."

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Hubert Latham in His "Antoinette IV"
Wed, July 13 2016

Hand-building Radar Systems

Radar instruments play an important role in our study of Earth’s nearest neighbors, such as the Moon, Venus, and Mars. Radar can provide a range of information regarding the materials that make up the surface of a planet and offer a unique perspective on the underlying structure. To get the most out of our research it is important to have a fundamental understanding of the hardware that makes up a radar instrument. What better way to achieve this than build our own.

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Geophysicist Bruce Campbell with Hand-Built Radar
Tue, July 12 2016

Uncovering the Moon's Secrets

The Moon and its surface provide insights into the early history of the solar system. Therefore, the origins of the Moon also inform the origins of the Earth.

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Illustration of Moon Formation
Thu, July 7 2016

Planets Aligned

The Voyager probes were designed for a "grand tour" of the solar system, when scientists realized the planets would be aligned in the 1970s. The spacecraft collected significant new knowledge and data: Voyager 2 sent back the first images of Uranus and Neptune. The probe found 11 new moons, and a significant magnetic field around Uranus. Voyager 2 also discovered that Jupiter's Red Spot was actually a large storm in the planet’s atmosphere. Both Voyager spacecraft are still in space, exploring what lies outside our solar system.

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Illustration of the Voyager spacecraft
Mon, June 27 2016

Universe of Trek Fandom

Star Trek has become well known for having passionate fans. From the original three-season television show, the Star Trek franchise grew to include additional television programs, major motion pictures, novels, and merchandise. Beginning with the first fan convention in 1972, Star Trek’s fandom became a worldwide phenomenon including conventions, fan clubs, cosplay, written fiction, and more.

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Costumes on Display in Star Trek Exhibition
Mon, June 27 2016

Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display

The studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall. After taking it off exhibit in 2014, assembling a special advisory committee, examining it using x-ray radiography, searching out long-lost photos, and planning the work in great detail, months of hard work culminated in several weeks of painting, detail work, rewiring, and final assembly. In the end, the whole project was a tremendous collaboration.

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Enterprise Studio Model Back on Display

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Inspecting the Enterprise Saucer
Wed, June 15 2016

Inside the Sally K. Ride Papers – Now Open for Research

Last October, we announced that we had acquired the collection of Sally K. Ride, the first American woman in space. Now, we can share that the archival portion of the collection has been processed and is available for research! See our finding aid for more detailed information.

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Signed Portrait of Sally Ride

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