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A Few Words of Thanks from Our Curators

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I’ve worked as a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum for more than three decades. It has been an amazing ride. I’ve done things and met people I could never have in any other job. In that time I have had many reasons to be thankful. Thankful to have closely studied artifacts   …Continue Reading


Breathing New Life into an Old Fabric

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As previously discussed in Spiral Threads of Corrosion Overtake an Antenna Drive, a one-year conservation triage project is underway to deal with artifacts that are actively deteriorating and require stabilizing treatments prior to being permanently relocated to the new storage facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. These artifacts include a wide   …Continue Reading


A Trip to the International Latex Corporation: How Spacesuit Gloves Are Made

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This past month National Air and Space Museum and Museum Conservation Institute (MCI) interns were able to travel to Frederica, Delaware to visit the International Latex Corporation Dover (ILC). It is one of several companies that produces the “soft materials” or non-metal components of spacesuits for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ILC was   …Continue Reading


Spiral Threads of Corrosion Overtake an Antenna Drive

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One of the primary objectives in the Museum’s previous collection surveys has been to identify artifacts which are actively deteriorating and require stabilizing treatments prior to being relocated to the new storage facility at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. These artifacts with active corrosion, mold contamination, hazardous materials, and physical insecurities were   …Continue Reading


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