Author Archives: The National Air and Space Museum

Obscure Objects: Gus Grissom’s Glove Dip Forms

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on little-known artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Of all the parts of a spacesuit, the gloves are the most difficult to make. They must allow for the “right amount of dexterity and a sense of touch to work with tools,” says Cathleen Lewis, Museum spacesuit   …Continue Reading


A New High Altitude Jump

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On April 1, 2014, the National Air and Space Museum opened an exhibition featuring the pressurized Red Bull Stratos gondola that carried Felix Baumgartner to a record altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) over Roswell, New Mexico, and the pressure suit and parachute that protected him during the long fall back to Earth. Not long   …Continue Reading


Seeing Inside Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit Using CT Scans

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Museum staff recently transported Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit to the National Museum of Natural History for a CT scan. Curator Cathleen Lewis shares her experience as one of those staff members and explains how CT scanning can help in preservation efforts. On Tuesday, October 7, Museum staff took a trip across the National Mall   …Continue Reading


Look Out for Black Cats on Halloween!

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What do you get when you combine triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), melanophobia (fear of the color black), and ailurophobia (fear of cats)? The fearless 1920s aerial stunt team “13 Black Cats!”   Have a happy and safe Halloween. Unless, of course, you have a case of samhainophobia (the fear of Halloween). Elizabeth C.   …Continue Reading


#TBT Historical Research Center

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What better way to celebrate the final days of Archives Month than with the social media stalwart Throwback Thursday? Elizabeth Borja shares Polaroids of the National Air and Space Museum Historical Research Center from 1967. Nothing says throwback like Polaroids!  In 1967, the National Air and Space Museum Historical Research Center, an early predecessor to the   …Continue Reading