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Ten Events of Great Significance in Space Exploration during the Twenty-first Century’s First Decade

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As the first decade of the twenty-first century comes to a close—I know that one could make the case that the first decade ended in 2009 but we had this argument during Y2K and I’m not going to rehash it here—what might we consider the ten most important events in space exploration and discovery? Everyone   …Continue Reading

Robert Goddard and the Smithsonian

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Former Secretary of the Smithsonian, Charles Greeley Abbot helped get the Space Age under way. In late September 1916, he received a letter from Robert Hutchings Goddard, a professor of physics at Clark University. “For a number of years,” the young academic began, “I have been at work upon a method of raising recording instruments to   …Continue Reading

Eugene J. Bullard

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October 12, 2010, marks the forty-ninth anniversary of the death of Eugene Jacques Bullard at the age of 67. Bullard is considered to be the first African-American military pilot to fly in combat, and the only African-American pilot in World War I. Ironically, he never flew for the United States. Born October 9, 1895, in   …Continue Reading

Ballistic Missile Guidance on your Cell Phone?

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If you don’t already own one, you’ve no doubt seen advertisements for them on television. I am referring to so-called “smartphones,” which can change the orientation of their display, from Portrait to Landscape, depending on how you hold them. They can do that because they contain a fingernail-sized chip inside, which senses the acceleration of   …Continue Reading

A Blue Igloo at the Udvar-Hazy Center?

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If you’ve been to the Udvar-Hazy Center lately, perhaps you’ve seen what looks like a giant blue igloo and wondered what it could be. Believe it or not, it’s a planetarium. This portable, inflatable planetarium is the latest tool in the arsenal of the Museum’s Education Division, and will help students understand astronomical concepts and   …Continue Reading