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Were You a Member of the “First Moon Flights” Club?

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The Smithsonian would like to add to its national collection a Pan American Airways (Pan Am) “First Moon Flights” Club card as an example of early enthusiasm for space travel. When the renovated Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall is completed in July 2016, one of the artifacts that will be featured will be SpaceShipOne, winner of   …Continue Reading

Houston We Don’t Have a Problem: #RebootTheSuit is Funded, Now What?

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The Smithsonian’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign to conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit was fully backed in just five days! So what’s next? For Armstrong’s spacesuit, the conservation team is ready to launch. Here’s some of what we will begin working on in the upcoming months and a description of the conservation process   …Continue Reading

A Triage Treatment for Apollo Biomedical Sensors

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Much like medical triage, conservation triage analyzes the risk posed to an object and the hazards associated with not taking immediate action. Triage conservators ask questions such as: Can the object be handled safely by staff and researchers? Will the degradation of the object continue if it is not treated immediately? What treatment can we   …Continue Reading

Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong’s Spacesuit and Kickstarter

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Today is a rather big day for the Museum. Not only are we celebrating the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, but we are also celebrating the launch of something quite new. Today, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has embarked on its very first project through Kickstarter, a global platform that helps bring   …Continue Reading

Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet Now on Display

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“Oh Lordy, I don’t know if we can loan that object or not, it is exceptionally rare! High maintenance, too.” — Dan Hagedorn, curator and director of collections of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington. That was my first exchange with my friend Dan Hagedorn when I approached him about borrowing Wonder Woman’s invisible   …Continue Reading