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Apollo Guidance Computer and the First Silicon Chips

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Put all your eggs in one basket—AND WATCH THAT BASKET!       – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar (1897), Chapter 15 As the Apollo program took form in the early 1960s, NASA engineers always kept the safety of their astronauts at the fore in light of the enormous risks they knew were inherent in   …Continue Reading


Pioneer Carries Message Across the Stars

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The National Air and Space Museum’s full-scale mockup of the Pioneer 10 spacecraft was recently moved to its new location in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall as a part of a major renovation to the gallery. The spacecraft includes power supplies, a large dish antenna, and several science instruments used during encounters with the   …Continue Reading


Zvezda Service Module Celebrates 15 Years in Orbit

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Through the commotion of a very successful July which included the New Horizons mission to Pluto, the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the 46th anniversary of Apollo 11, and the Museum’s very first Kickstarter project, there is one anniversary that we may have inadvertently overlooked. In July, the Zvezda (Russian for “star”) module of   …Continue Reading


The Shepard & Armstrong Spacesuits: 8 Fun Facts

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1. Code Names Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit was given the code name Sirius, after the brightest star system in Earth’s night sky. Code names were assigned to each member of the Apollo astronaut candidate pool. This allowed NASA to begin ordering the construction of the Apollo spacesuits before they made the official announcement of   …Continue Reading


What does Alan Shepard’s Mercury suit have to do with Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit?

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We’ve received a few comments and questions about why our stretch goal for the Neil Armstrong #RebootTheSuit Kickstarter project is Alan Shepard’s Mercury Freedom 7 spacesuit. The short answer is that the two suits bracket the ideas and accomplishments of the Apollo space program. After the series of early Soviet firsts in space that included   …Continue Reading