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Tue, February 5 2019

Together, We Ignite Tomorrow

Join us in the Mission to Transform the National Air and Space Museum. Together, we will ignite tomorrow.

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Tue, January 29 2019

Welcome Back to Air and Space

As we reopen our doors to the public after the recent government shutdown, we are now in the full-swing our own new adventure—reimagining America’s favorite museum for the next generation of aviators, scientists, and astronauts.

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Mon, December 31 2018

Top 8 Stories of 2018

As we prepare to ring in a new year, let’s revisit some of our favorite stories of 2018: stories that let you look closer at our collections, dive into the history of women in space and aviation, and explore our Museum in DC from your own home.

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Tue, December 25 2018

Christmas at Wright Field

In 1917, the United States Army Air Service established an aviation engineering section at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio. In 1927, the Engineering Division, as it was then known, moved to nearby Wilbur Wright Field and there remained as the Air Force Material Division (AFMD) and Air Material Command (AMC). Throughout the years, those stationed at Wright Field celebrated the holidays.

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Fri, December 21 2018

Apollo 8 Astronaut Remembers Looking Down at Earth

Capt. James A Lovell, Apollo 8 astronaut, recently shared his memories of that historic mission at our Spirit of Apollo, 50th anniversary celebration.

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Fri, December 21 2018

Photographing Apollo 8's Orbit Toward the Moon

The moment of humankind's first voyage to the Moon and back was captured in a series of photos taken by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observing Station in Maui, Hawaii. They show the trans-lunar injection rocket burn which sent Apollo 8 hurtling out of Earth orbit toward the Moon on December 21, 1968–perhaps the only such images that exist.

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Fri, December 21 2018

Broadcasting Apollo 8 Live From Space

Fifty years ago, humans orbited the Moon for the first time. On Christmas Eve, the astronauts addressed the nation on a live television broadcast to Earth.

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Fri, December 21 2018

First to the Moon: Apollo 8 and the Soviet Union

As we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the pioneering Apollo 8 mission, many commentators and news stories will assert that NASA sent Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders to the Moon to beat the Soviet Union. In fact, the Soviets were planning to send two cosmonauts to loop around the Moon, but that statement of the agency’s intent is, at best, half true.

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Thu, December 20 2018

AirSpace Ep.20:
When You Wish Upon a Star

Emily, Matt, and Nick give a download on why meteor showers occur, when’s the best time to watch, and what you’re looking at (spoiler: most meteors are A LOT smaller than you think).

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AirSpace Ep.20:
When You Wish Upon a Star

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Tue, December 18 2018

The Mechanics of Moving Apollo Spacesuits

As the Museum kicks off its massive project to reimagine Air and Space, many of the objects in our collection will be moved from their current location on the National Mall. The first objects on that list were also some of the most iconic in our collection: Buzz Aldrin’s Apollo 11 and Gene Cernan’s Apollo 17 spacesuits.

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