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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


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