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An Extraordinary Journey: The History of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

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The possibility of human mechanical flight held particular fascination for Leonardo da Vinci.  He produced more than 35,000 words and 500 sketches dealing with flying machines, the nature of air, and bird flight.  He produced one notebook, or codex, almost entirely on flight in 1505-1506, known as the Codex on the Flight of Birds.  In   …Continue Reading


The Museum’s Oasis of Art

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So, you waited in line outside the Museum till sweat trickled down your back. You managed to find the touchable Moon rock amid the swirls of day-glow youth group tee-shirts and fellow photo-snappers gawking about in the international flash mob that is the Milestones of Flight gallery. You gazed up at the Spirit of St.   …Continue Reading


Views of Africa at the National Air and Space Museum

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This post was originally published on Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa!, a blog created to accompany the eponymous exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.   At the National Air and Space Museum in recent years, we have pursued collaborations with other Smithsonian museums to   …Continue Reading


Leonardo da Vinci and Flight

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Until the nineteenth century, Leonardo da Vinci was generally known only as a painter.  Little or nothing of his sculpture or engineering works survived, and his notebooks, the only surviving evidence of his insatiable curiosity and fertile mind regarding science and technology, were long hidden away, dispersed in private hands.  It was only after 1800   …Continue Reading


Shiny Delivery this Holiday Season for the Time and Navigation Exhibition

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Preparation of the upcoming Time and Navigation exhibition is in full swing, and objects are being installed in cases throughout the gallery.  In fact, the gallery became a little more shiny just in time for the holiday season thanks to a delivery from our friends at the Naval Research Laboratory. The object they contributed is   …Continue Reading