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A Very Wellman Christmas

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If any snow falls in Washington, DC, locals scramble for their milk and toilet paper, turn up the heat, and hide under their blankets.  Imagine celebrating the Christmas holiday inside a hut 600 miles south of the North Pole!   In 1898, Walter Wellman led an attempt to reach the North Pole using ship and   …Continue Reading


The Archives Department’s First Anniversary at the Udvar-Hazy Center

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On January 10, 2012, the National Air and Space Museum Archives Department officially opened its new reading room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center to public researchers.  We welcomed six researchers that day, including two who had scheduled a trip from Germany to coincide with our grand opening. The opening was the culmination of a   …Continue Reading


Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 Extravehicular Gloves and Visor

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There is a new display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport.  Along the south wall of the James S. McDonnell Space Hanger, in a large storefront case, are the extravehicular (EV) gloves and visor that Neil Armstrong wore when he first stepped on the surface of the Moon on July   …Continue Reading


A Hero of the Titanic in the Files

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It’s July 26, 1909, and President William Howard Taft (left) has arrived in his superb White Motor Company Model M Steamer at Fort Myer, just across the Potomac from Washington, to watch the Wright brothers’ preparations for the trial flight of their Military Flyer. On the following day, Orville Wright would make a record flight   …Continue Reading


Bringing Buzz Lightyear to the Museum

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When Disney•Pixar approached the National Air and Space Museum about donating the Buzz Lightyear figure that had flown to the International Space Station for 15 months, I was delighted.  As the curator for the Museum’s social and cultural space artifacts, I have the unique job of getting to take toys seriously.   Buzz Lightyear joined   …Continue Reading