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Thu, March 29 2018

Pioneering Women in Cryptology

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum shares the story of two pioneering women cryptologists.

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Cryptologists Genevieve Grotjan and Agnes Driscoll
Tue, March 27 2018

The Aerobatics of the Extra 260

Have you ever seen an airplane perform an inverted ribbon cut? You can “see” it at the Museum in DC (and online) in the form of Patty Wagstaff’s Extra 260 aircraft.

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Extra 260
Mon, March 26 2018

Behind the Scenes at Our Open House

See what goes on behind-the-scenes at the National Air and Space Museum’s annual Open House at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Open House
Fri, March 23 2018

WWII Women Cracking the Code

A guest post from the National Cryptologic Museum explores women code breakers' top-secret work during World War II.

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Navy WAVE working on US Navy Cryptanalytic Bombe
Thu, March 22 2018

Conserving Artifacts from Command Module Columbia

How the Museum's conservation team treated an Apollo 11 artifact, a medical accessory kit stowed aboard the Command Module Columbia during the historic lunar mission.

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Repairing a tear in the Apollo 11 medical accessory kit
Fri, March 16 2018

Stephen Hawking, Explorer of the Universe

Renowned theoretical physicist, explorer of the universe, and symbol of human fortitude and perseverance, Stephen William Hawking died on March 14 at the age of 76.

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Stephen Hawking with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden
Thu, March 15 2018

Coding Brings Mars Data Down to Earth

When NASA’s Curiosity rover uses its robotic arm to snap a selfie on the surface of Mars, how does that picture get back to Earth? It’s thanks to programmers like Melody Ho.

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Programmer Melody Ho inside mission control at the NASA JPL
Tue, March 13 2018

Exploring the First Galaxies with the James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope will not only give scientists a new, unprecedented view of the first galaxies.

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Close Up of the James Webb Space Telescope
Fri, March 9 2018

The Predator, a Drone That Transformed Military Combat

A look at the history and impact of the Predator UAV on military aerial combat.

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MQ-1L Predator A in the Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles exhibition
Thu, March 8 2018

AirSpace Ep.3:
Bailing Out

"Eject, eject, eject!" Most of us are experienced at bailing out of social situations, but what about airplanes? Fewer than 1 percent of military pilots ever pull the eject handle, but they all know what comes next. The canopy blows, and the pilot is (literally!) rocketed up and out. Now what?

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Bailing Out

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