Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

The Armstrong Purse: Flown Apollo 11 Lunar Artifacts

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At the National Air and Space Museum, as elsewhere around the world, we were enormously saddened when we learned that Neil Alden Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon, had died of complications associated with heart surgery in August 2012. Not long afterwards his family contacted the Museum about artifacts he left   …Continue Reading


Heinkel Night Fighter He 219: Wing Painting Complete

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Another important step in finishing the Museum’s He 219 Uhu (Owl) night fighter has been completed. Recently, the wing was painted and transported to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, for the aircraft’s final assembly. The painting stage was no easy task, and it required a lot of careful research before the actual work   …Continue Reading


Remembering Milton W. Rosen

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Milton W. Rosen Pioneering Rocket Engineer 1915–2014 Milton Rosen was a pioneer of American rocketry development. He helped put America in space as a leading figure in developing the Viking sounding rocket and the Vanguard satellite launch vehicle (both can be seen in the exhibition Space Race, Gallery 114, at the Museum in Washington, DC). In   …Continue Reading


Five Things I Learned While Curating Outside the Spacecraft: 50 Years of Extra-Vehicular Activity

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At the height of the summer of 2013, when I was getting ready to go on maternity leave to have my second child, I found myself as the only curator signed on to an anniversary exhibition celebrating the first spacewalks done in 1965. Now, this was unusual for a few reasons. First, I had to   …Continue Reading


Horten Ho 229 V3 “Bat-Wing Ship,” January 2015 Update

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Following months of preparation, members of the Collections Processing Unit moved the center section of the Horten Ho 229 V3* from the Paul E. Garber Restoration and Storage Facility to the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar at the Udvar-Hazy Center last Friday. Work to conserve the center section has temporarily stopped while conservation staff shifts   …Continue Reading