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Monthly Archives: March 2009

On This Spot …

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The millions of visitors who pass through the doors of the National Air and Space Museum each year come to see the real thing, the actual air and space craft that shaped history – from the world’s first airplane to the back-up hardware for the latest robot spacecraft on its way to explore another world.   …Continue Reading

International Year of Astronomy Public Observatory Project at The National Air and Space Museum

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2009 is the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to examine the Moon, Venus, Jupiter and the Milky Way.  He probably wasn’t the first to do so, and of course he didn’t invent the telescope.  But he was the first to tell the world about what he saw, in terms everyone could understand   …Continue Reading

The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer, 1925

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The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer was the world’s fastest airplane in 1925 when it captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the public for aviation. The museum’s curatorial, conservation, and collections preservation team has been able to take a closer look at it recently as part of the ongoing general renovation and reinterpretation of the Barron Hilton   …Continue Reading

All in a Late Day's/Night's Work

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The National Air and Space Museum contains some of the largest artifacts in the world, which presents many unique challenges for handling  and displaying.  It is up to a small group of individuals, comprised of Collections and Restoration staff, to ensure artifacts are cared for and not damaged.  Carrying out these duties are neither easy or   …Continue Reading

Visit to Garber

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One of the best things about working at the National Air and Space Museum is going to the Paul E. Garber Preservation, Restoration, and Storage Facility every now and then. The museum keeps aircraft that is being restored and artifacts that need special storage conditions–like spacesuits!—out there. Communications staff is required to accompany reporters working   …Continue Reading