Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

An Elegant Projector for a Civilized Age

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Today, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will officially open in our two IMAX theaters (and around the world). Our Airbus IMAX Theater at the Udvar-Hazy Center features one of the most advanced projection rooms in the world, with twin 4k laser projectors (always two, there are, for 3D presentations) and a 12-channel   …Continue Reading


From the Library: Orville Wright Signed Book

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On September 24, 1959, President Eisenhower declared December 17 to be Wright Brothers Day—thus commemorating the anniversary of the legendary duo’s flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. In honor of Wright Brothers Day, Smithsonian Libraries and the National Air and Space Museum turn to a piece of history found in the special collections housed in   …Continue Reading


The World’s First Space Rendezvous

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Fifty years ago, on December 15, 1965, Gemini VI and VII met for the first rendezvous in space. This was not NASA’s original plan. Gemini VI, commanded by Mercury astronaut Wally Schirra and piloted by Tom Stafford, was supposed to have orbited on October 25, to rendezvous and dock with an Agena target vehicle. But   …Continue Reading


Discover Your Place in Aerospace with Mobile Missions

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The Museum just launched a new pilot project to help visitors discover what it takes to succeed in the aerospace field and to help us better understand the visitor experience. Mobile Missions is our first app for teens and adults, for those still deciding on a career, or even those wondering what their current jobs   …Continue Reading


Restoring the Apollo Telescope Mount

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This past year, I had the opportunity to lead a largely volunteer team, with supervision from museum specialist Anne McCombs and curator David DeVorkin, on a major restoration project of the Museum’s Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM). The ATM we worked on was a backup to the one used in 1973 on the Skylab space station   …Continue Reading