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On Assignment for Time and Navigation

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What’s missing when you sit in front of a computer all day? Adventure! Luckily, three Time and Navigation photography missions took me across the country last year, giving me the chance to escape the office. My first destination was Beer Bottle Pass in the Mojave Desert. This is where Stanley, the autonomous car, navigated its   …Continue Reading


The Abbreviated History of a Scientist (Namely, Myself)

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My first word was JET, since we lived near an Air Force base and experienced sonic booms on a regular basis. My fascination with the heavens took off from there. Growing up, my family went camping and backpacking a lot, and one of my clearest memories of that time is looking up at a dark,   …Continue Reading


Easter Peeps Welcome Discovery!

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Check out this fun Peeps diorama depicting the celebration of Space Shuttle Discovery’s arrival at our Udvar-Hazy Center on April 19, 2012. Museum docent John Bretschneider and education volunteer Katy Bretschneider created the diorama and entered it into the annual Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest. Fans have currently ranked it #27 among the over 650 entries. Congrats John   …Continue Reading


Removing Items from the Collection at the National Air and Space Museum

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Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum don’t often get to see the work that goes on behind the scenes. This is especially true in terms of the labor that goes into collecting and caring for our artifacts. Many may wonder where all the air and space stuff (we call them artifacts) comes from.   …Continue Reading


An Artistic Search for Pluto

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How do you illustrate a non-fiction book for kids based on the former ninth planet? Some people still have some pretty strong feelings about Pluto’s demotion: protest signs, student protest speeches, public demonstrations. Cries of unfairness could be heard when news of poor Pluto’s removal from the planetary ranks occurred. It is the intention of   …Continue Reading