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A Message to You from Uncle Sam’s First Propaganda Balloon

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Our Archives houses the Technical Reference Files, an important collection of aeronautical and astronautical topics comprised of 1,920 cubic feet of documents, photographs, and ephemera. This important resource is housed in vertical files and is an organic, growing collection to which material is added constantly. Recently, we came across a remarkable document in the Tech   …Continue Reading


NASA’s Early Stand on Women Astronauts: “No Present Plans to Include Women on Space Flights”

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In 1962, young Linda Halpern decided to fulfill a school assignment by inquiring about how she could pursue a dream. Required to write a letter for a grade-school class, Ms. Halpern addressed hers to President John F. Kennedy, asking what she would need to do to become an astronaut. The reply that came from the   …Continue Reading


Obscure Objects: Ruth Law’s World War I Liberty Bonds Leaflet

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No one could say Ruth Law was a novice. She had been flying since 1912. She was the first woman to fly at night, in a biplane purchased from Orville Wright. She was the first woman to make a living as a professional pilot, ferrying guests to and from the Clarendon Hotel near Daytona, Florida,   …Continue Reading


Arthur C. Clarke Collection of Sri Lanka Now Publicly Available

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Almost a year ago, the Museum announced that it had acquired papers and artifacts of Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), renowned science fiction author and futurist.  Now we can share that the Archives has completed processing the collection and it is open for research. As we discussed in blogs last year, Clarke was a seminal figure   …Continue Reading


From the Archives: Celebrating a Super Helmet

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Through the history of aviation, pilots have worn many types of helmets.  Exhibits at the National Air and Space Museum range from Paul Studenski’s 1912 era leather flying helmet, to Apollo Soucek’s furry helmet, to Mike Melvill’s SpaceShipOne helmet. Today, however, in honor of Super Bowl 50, we will remember Robert “Bob” Eucker’s football helmet. Not to be confused   …Continue Reading