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Thu, February 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.2:
The Right Stuff Right Now

The criteria to become an astronaut has evolved over the years, but it’s still one of the toughest jobs to land. 18,000 people applied to be a part of NASA’s most recent astronaut class and only 12 were selected. In this episode, we’ll explore how the right stuff has changed with the times and get a taste of what candidates go through to make the cut. 

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The Right Stuff Right Now

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Wed, February 7 2018

Astronaut Alvin Drew on the Final Days of Discovery

NASA Astronaut and USAF command pilot Alvin Drew shares his reflections on a lifetime of exploring the universe.

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NASA astronaut Alvin Drew, spacesuit fit check
Tue, February 6 2018

Space-X's Falcon Heavy Could Shake Up Spaceflight

Today’s launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket, designed and manufactured by Space-X, is what space history curator Tom Lassman describes as “next generation” rocketry, but with roots in the 1960s “Space Age” and technology that helped bring Apollo 11 to the Moon.

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Falcon Heavy demo mission, December 28, 2017
Mon, February 5 2018

Going Beyond Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope, an infrared telescope set to launch in 2019, will see beyond what Hubble can show us: the first stars, galaxies, and black holes; comets, asteroids, and satellites; and more throughout our solar system and beyond.

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Close Up of the James Webb Space Telescope
Thu, February 1 2018

Reflections on Spaceflight and Memory

For those involved or interested in human spaceflight, the last week of January is a solemn time of remembrance, as we commemorate Apollo 1 and the Space Shuttle missions Challenger and Columbia. How does our Museum deal with the memory of such tragedies? 

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The Space Shuttle Challenger’s first launch, 1983
Thu, February 1 2018

A Classroom Copes with the Columbia Disaster

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Columbia disaster.  Every year on this date I think about the crew of the Columbia, my students, and my most difficult day as a teacher. 

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STS-107 Crew of Space Shuttle "Columbia"
Tue, January 30 2018

"America by Air" Gets Airline Boost

The Museum will have a brand new opportunity to tell the story of air transportation thanks, in part, to a gift from eight major airlines. 

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"America by Air" Entry Rendering
Tue, January 30 2018

Test This Supermoon Illusion Tomorrow

Tomorrow's supermoon is actually being called a “super blue blood moon,” and it’s really rare. Here's what to look for.

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The year’s first full moon is sometimes known as the Wolf Moon.
Tue, January 30 2018

Super Sabre’s Service in South Vietnam

In the quiet of the Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia sits the U.S. Air Force F-100D “Super Sabre,” serial number 56-3440. 440 was in Vietnam from June 1965 until July 1970, but its most intense combat was seen 50 years ago, during the Tet Offensive.

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F-100Ds over South Vietnam, 1966
Mon, January 29 2018

Photographing an Airport in Transition

Airports are transitional spaces, serving the Earth and the sky, a zone where both humans and technology are intertwined. Since 2007, Athenian-born photographer Alexandros Lambrovassilis has been photographing the transition occurring at Ellinikon International Airport, the international airport in Athens, Greece that closed in 2001.

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A view of the Ellinikon International Airport in Athens, Greece, which closed in 2001.

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