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Mon, December 14 2020

The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter

This month, gas giants Jupiter and Saturn are coming together in the sky for a once-in-a-lifetime event called a great conjunction. It will peak on December 21, 2020.

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Jupiter and Saturn
Sat, December 12 2020

Failure to Launch: The Heart-Stopping Pad Shutdown of Gemini VI-A

Moments after ignition on December 12, 1965, one of Gemini VI's engine suddenly shut down. Astronauts Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford waited tensely in the cockpit for a plan to get them out of the life threatening situation. What happened over the next three days is nothing short of remarkable.

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Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford
Fri, December 11 2020

Reflections on Arecibo | Reflexiones Sobre Arecibo

We asked four Puerto Rican scientists to share their reflections on the Arecibo Observatory, its importance to PR, and its legacy. Le pedimos a cuatro científicos puertorriqueños que compartan sus reflexiones sobre Arecibo, su importancia para PR y su legado

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Rivera-Valentín at Arecibo
Thu, December 10 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.11
Blinded by the Light

Most of us live in places that give us a less than ideal view of the stars because of light pollution from our cities and suburbs. But keeping our skies dark is important for so many reasons – for nocturnal animals, for science and astronomy, and for cultural traditions around the world.

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Tue, December 8 2020

Remembering Chuck Yeager, a Pilot with the Right Stuff

The greatest pilot of the Greatest Generation has passed. Seventy-nine years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, famed test pilot, World War II ace, and the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, Brig. Gen. Charles “Chuck” Yeager, died at the age of 97.

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Charles "Chuck" Yeager with Bell X-1
Mon, December 7 2020

A Blue Angel Makes Its Final Flight Into The National Collection

On November 18, 2020, Cmdr. Frank “Walleye” Weisser, USN, a member of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team, flew into Dulles International Airport to deliver a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

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The F/A-18C Hornet
Wed, December 2 2020

DC Delivery: Moving the Douglas DC-3

The Douglas DC-3 was once considered by many the greatest airplane of all time. However, although the DC-3 has a flight range of over 1,400 miles, once an aircraft becomes an artifact in our collection, moving it even a few short miles involves a range of complexities. Learn more about the complexities of its recent move!artif

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DC-3 Preperation
Sun, November 29 2020

Francis D. Bowhan: Osage Pilot

Francis Dawson, whose heritage was almost always included in newspaper coverage of his flights (usually with the generic term “Indian”) remains a name to be remembered in Osage County, Oklahoma.

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Pilot Francis D. "Chief" Bowhan
Thu, November 26 2020

AirSpace Season 3|Ep.10
Station to Station

We all need a little self-care these days, so in honor of the ISS's 20th anniversary, we’ll tell you about what astronaut life is like when they aren’t doing the extraordinary science, essential maintenance, and extraterrestrial chores necessary to sustain our home in space.

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Wed, November 25 2020

My Favorite Classic Star Trek Episode

I became enamored of Star Trek back in the early 1970s, when it went into syndication after completing its three-year run on NBC in 1969. Many fans agree that the 1967-68 season produced some of the best episodes of the series, yet contrary to the opinion of most, I believe The Doomsday Machine is the best of them all.

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