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Celebrating 40 Years: Highlights from 1986 to 1996

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The District of Columbia officially declared July 1 to be the National Air and Space Museum Day in 1986 to celebrate the Museum’s 10th anniversary. From collecting aircraft with supersonic speed to receiving our 175 millionth visitor, a lot happened in the ten years that followed. This blog will explore a few of the Museum’s   …Continue Reading


Celebrating 40 Years: Highlights from 1976 to 1986

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For more than four decades, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has celebrated the greatest achievements in aviation and space history. When the Museum’s building in Washington, DC opened in 1976, President Gerald Ford reminded the Museum’s first visitors about the remarkable technological advances made within the century. “The story of powered flight is   …Continue Reading


Take to the Air in the Smithsonian’s Balloon

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Visitors to our Innovations in Flight Family Day and Outdoor Aviation Display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center on June 18, are in for a real treat. In addition to the wide variety of aircraft that will fly in for the event and the other special programs planned, Andrew Richardson, the owner of Adams Balloons   …Continue Reading


Adjusting Our Atomic Clock for the Leap Second

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Our exhibition Time and Navigation features an atomic clock that will keep an accurate time within a tiny fraction of a second for the foreseeable future (see my earlier post to learn how atomic clocks work and how we installed ours into the exhibition). Except, of course, when we need to account for a leap second.  What’s   …Continue Reading


A “Box of Time” in the Time and Navigation Exhibition

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In our exhibition Time and Navigation visitors can set their watches by a working cesium frequency standard, commonly known as an “atomic clock,” on loan from the National Museum of American History. The exhibit allows visitors to see different methods of measuring time, including mechanical and electrical clocks. A digital display on the atomic clock shows the global   …Continue Reading