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A Surprise Call From Space

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It’s not a typical afternoon at work when you answer the phone and hear, “Hey, Dr. Neal. It’s Kjell Lindgren calling from the International Space Station.” Thus began a 15-minute surprise call from the ISS Expedition 44-45 NASA astronaut. Lindgren just wanted to say that he had with him the Museum flag and Gemini IV patch   …Continue Reading


Remembering Astronautics and Museum Leader Frederick Clark Durant III

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We have a tradition at the National Air and Space Museum of recognizing the passing of aerospace leaders with a temporary memorial panel displayed for a time on the Museum floor. Once in a while, one of those individuals was not only a figure of some importance in the wider world, but someone of special   …Continue Reading


Comparing Alan Eustace’s Spacesuit with Neil Armstrong’s

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Our conservation team had the pleasure of hosting Alan Eustace, former Google executive, engineer, and stratospheric explorer, this month in the Emil Buehler Conservation Laboratory. Eustace and his StratEx team are well known for their three world records including one for the highest altitude jump at 41,422 meters (135,899 feet) in 2014. The adventurer was   …Continue Reading


Seven Tips for Visiting the Museum During the Holidays

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We’re gearing up for one of our busiest times of the year—the holidays! Our team of Visitor Services staff love to talk to visitors during this time. We enjoy learning where you’re visiting from and what made you add our Museum to your already impressively full itinerary. You can find us at the Welcome Center   …Continue Reading


Remembering Robert Willard Farquhar

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Robert Willard Farquhar Mission Designer, Flight Director, Deep-Space Navigator 1932–2015 Known for devising innovative and intricate spacecraft trajectories, and for his whole-hearted dedication to robotic space exploration, Robert “Bob” Farquhar left a strong impression on the American space program. His career in aerospace began in the late 1950s, at the dawn of the age of   …Continue Reading