Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

Air & Scare: Better Together

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Did you know that staff at the National Air and Space Museum enjoy dressing up for the annual Halloween event, Air and Scare, just as much as our visitors? The event, which will kick off tomorrow at 2:00 pm (ET) at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, will bring out lots of superheroes, Star   …Continue Reading


New Satellite Image of Out of Many, One

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Out Of Many, One by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is a large-scale portrait, made of sand and soil, temporarily displayed on the National Mall for the month of October. The GeoEye-1 satellite, operated by DigitalGlobe, acquired a great image of Out Of Many, One on October 6, the same day the artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada spoke at the National Air and Space Museum. GeoEye-1 is   …Continue Reading


Rummaging in the Archives Tech Files

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I suspect that most households have what my parents used to call our “junk drawer,” a place for storing miscellaneous small stuff. Ours was in a handy location, the kitchen. It held scissors, rubber bands, toothpicks, matches, various keys, pins and pens, and spare parts for this and that. Some of the things we used   …Continue Reading


America’s First Spacewalking Woman: Kathryn D. Sullivan

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Thirty years ago, on October 11, 1984, a female American astronaut stepped outside her spacecraft for the first time. Kathryn D. “Kathy” Sullivan had work to do in the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Challenger, a mobile workplace travelling 17,500 miles per hour about 140 miles above the Earth. Sullivan was one of the six   …Continue Reading


Remembering Jerrie Mock (1925-2014)

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Shortly before the red and white Cessna 180 was to be suspended at the Udvar-Hazy Center for public display, I called its pilot to give her the news. Geraldine ‘Jerrie’ Mock was delighted that Charlie, as she affectionately called her plane, would be displayed again. Jerrie flew Charlie in 1964 to become the first woman   …Continue Reading