Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

We All Scream – Even in Space – for Ice Cream

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It’s 98 degrees and 74% humidity outside. Beads of sweat start gathering above your brow. In seconds, those beads balloon and begin a hurried descent to your neck, then your back, until finally you’re soaked. You’re a man-made wonder; a moving, breathing, t-shirt-wearing Niagara Falls. As anyone who has ever braved the hot asphalt to chase down   …Continue Reading


Phrog Farewell

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On August 1, the National Air and Space Museum will join with the United States Marine Corps and the National Museum of the Marine Corps to bid adieu to one of the most important American military aircraft of the past 50 years, the Boeing CH-46 Sea Knight, or “Phrog,” as it is almost universally known   …Continue Reading


First Mission to Pluto: The Difficult Birth of New Horizons

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As we await the exciting results of New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto on July 14, it is all too easy to think that this mission was inevitable: the capstone to NASA’s spectacular exploration of all the planets (and ex-planets) of the solar system since the 1960s. Yet, it proved extraordinarily difficult to sustain a Pluto   …Continue Reading


Obscure Objects: Apollo-Soyuz Commemorative Cigarettes 

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Next week marks the 40th anniversary of an important moment in space history, when astronauts and cosmonauts greeted each other warmly in their docked Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft while orbiting above the Earth. It was the first joint space mission between the United States and Soviet Union. One friendly gesture left out of the encounter, quite common   …Continue Reading


Casting Shadows on the Moon

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Much of the Moon is blanketed by a thick layer of dust, built up from the rocky surface over billions of years by the impacts of small meteorites. Hidden beneath the dust is evidence of ancient geologic activity – great volcanic eruptions, tectonic shifts in the crust, and vast deposits of once-molten material hurled outward   …Continue Reading